Q4RE 2017 - Call for Abstracts

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Registration Ended Friday, July 21, 2017

Call for Abstracts

Step one:  Download the Call for Abstracts Form.

Step two: Complete the form and submit it to cynthia.ricard@hhs.gov  by June 9, 2017.

What to Expect

The conference organizers will review your submission(s) and notify you of their decision on or before July 7, 2017. A list of all selected abstracts by contribution category (poster, talk or organization of a breakout session) will be published on the conference website on July 7, 2017. The conference organizers reserve the right to decline any submitted abstract that lacks scientific content or merit, or merely announces a possible discussion, the availability of a resource or service.

If you wish to submit more than one abstract (e.g., poster and concept for a breakout session), please submit a separate form for each submission.

If you submit an abstract for an oral presentation, please plan on giving a poster presentation unless notified otherwise by ORI staff.


Because we are unable to strictly enforce a ban on photography or video recording during the conference, we strongly recommend against including proprietary information in your poster or talk.

Should you have any questions, please contact Cynthia Ricard: Cynthia.Ricard[at]hhs.gov


True to its ambition of “breaking down the silos”, the 2017 Quest conference will focus on five themes, each tackled from the perspectives of various stakeholders: Publications, Research Misconduct, Legal Implications of Research Misconduct, Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) and Open Science.

In addition to plenary sessions, the conference will include 90-minute breakout (concurrent) sessions and poster viewing time. We welcome abstracts for posters as well as breakout talks and concepts for breakout sessions. While we ask you to select at least one dominant theme(s) for your contribution(s) (see below), we encourage you to select cross-cutting topics that highlight the interplay between the different themes of the conference.

You may wish to submit more than one abstract (e.g., poster and breakout session concept). If so, please use a separate form for each submission.

Poster Presentations
Abstracts for posters may fall under any one of these five themes: Publications, Research Misconduct, Legal Implications of Research Misconduct, RCR and Open Science.

Posters must not exceed 4 feet wide by 3 feet high in measurement.

Breakout Sessions: Submit a Talk Abstract and/or Design a Breakout Session
If you submit an abstract for an oral presentation, please plan for a 20-minute presentation followed by 10 minutes of questions. If you submit a breakout session proposal, please plan on filling a 90-minute slot.

Breakout sessions should allow for an in-depth exploration of focused topics. We welcome abstracts for talks and proposals for breakout sessions on the following themes: Legal Implications of Research Misconduct, RCR and Open Science.

With regards to breakout session concepts, special consideration will be given to concepts involving active learning strategies.

Examples of relevant topics include:

Publications Focus (Poster only)
Open access publications; Predatory publication practices; Integrating FFP detection into the peer-review process; Allegations of wrongdoing as a strategy to get ahead in science; Meaningful indexing of retractions and expressions of concern.

Research Misconduct Focus (Poster only)
Interplay between Research Misconduct (RM) and RCR, legal and publication issues; Falsification, Fabrication and Plagiarism vs Questionable Research Practices; Impact of the internationalization of research on research misconduct investigations; Managing the fate of various stakeholders post-RM investigation; Significance of findings made by government entities.

Legal Focus (Breakout session, talk or poster)
Sequestration of evidence; Legal implications of cloud data storage; Institutional liability in research misconduct; Institutional responsibilities for data management; Balancing confidentiality and need to know; Working within international legal frameworks; Handling institutional privacy issues; Preparing investigation committees.

RCR Focus (Breakout session, talk or poster)
RCR in the era of Open Science; Past, present and future of RCR; Who are RCR instructors?; Rigor and reproducibility; Evaluation of RCR programs; How to incentivize universities to teach RCR.

Open Science Focus (Breakout session, talk or poster)
Intellectual property in the age of Open Science; Open Science in the pharmaceutical industry; Open Science and research reproducibility; Who bears the cost of Open Access publications?


Source URL: https://ori.hhs.gov/q4re-2017-call-abstracts