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Guidelines for Abstract-Submission

Submission, Deadline

  • Abstracts have to be submitted exclusively online.
  • Deadline for application is 15 January 2016 23:59:59 CET.
  • Alterations and corrections may be executed previous to the deadline.

Topic, Language

  • Each contribution must relate to one of the given topics (topics).
  • Abstracts may be submitted and presented in German or English.

Size, Content

  • The abstract is limited to 3.000 characters (ca. 400 words).
  • The title should be phrased short and significant.
  • The following structure of the abstract is mandatory: objectives, methods, results and conclusions.
  • Concerning the methods it has to be clear if the study is prospective or a retrospective. Statistical procedures have to be specified.
  • The methodology of data entry and evaluation of clinical papers must comprehensively describe the level of evidence (EbM-Levels).
  • The setup of experimental studies has to be documented.
  • The abstract has to contain all relevant data and figures. Abbreviations must be defined at first usage.
  • To assure the anonymous review it is not allowed to mention any names or locations in the paper.

Rules, Regulations

  • It is not allowed to submit an abstract several times to different subjects of the congress.
  • The number of papers submitted by the same author is limited to 10.
  • The number of authors is limited to 8 altogether. The presenter must be listed first.
  • The presenter is responsible for the compliance with ethic regulations and laws on animal protection.
  • The abstract text has to be orthographically suitable for publishing.
  • The usage of special formatting should be limited. The correct replication in all media cannot be granted.

Publication, Presentation

  • Results that have already been published or lectured elsewhere cannot be submitted.
  • Accepted papers will be published for quotation on CD-ROM and at German Medical Science (
  • Authors’ fees or royalties cannot be claimed.
  • All listed authors have to consent to the abstract text as well as to their publication in all congress media.
  • Posters are equally submitted as abstracts related to the respective topics.

Review, Registration

  • All submitted abstracts will be reviewed anonymously by several experts.
  • Evaluation criteria are: Aim and objective (inventive, important, clearly defined), material and methodology (adequate design, prospective or retrospective), results (complete, trend-setting, statistically covered) and conclusions (critical, well deduced, current literature).
  • Abstracts that show formal errors (multi-submission, not anonymised, already published) will be rejected.
  • E-Mail notifications about acceptance or refusal will be sent to the presenting author subsequent to the reviewing process.
  • In case of acceptance as oral or poster, the presenting author automatically receives a free congress ticket. All co-authors have to register formally if required.


  • EbM Award: The DGOU supports evidence based medicine in orthopaedics and traumatology by donating € 5.000. The paper must be submitted and accepted as an oral presentation at DKOU along with the application for the EbM Award to the DKOU office (
  • Poster Award: The 3 posters with the highest scores will receive between € 500 and 1.500 by DGU and DGOOC. The rating is based on the score of the review process, the graphical design as well as the presentation during the Poster Session.
  • Wilhelm Roux Award: The best experimental paper presented at the DKOU will be nominated by the Basic Research Section of DGOOC and awarded €10.000 donated by Aesculap. All papers submitted to Basic Research and accepted as an oral presentation automatically participate in the competition.