Abstract evaluation criteria

The I-BEE Scientific Program Committee will invite experts in various areas of ecology to conduct peer-reviews of submitted abstracts. After the review process is completed, the Committee will contact authors with formal acceptance or rejection notices as soon as possible in order to allow presenters with sufficient time to register for the conference and make travel arrangements. All notifications will be sent to the email address provided during the abstract submission process.

The Committee will make the final decision with regard to the acceptance or rejection of all abstracts. Reviewers will be requested to evaluate abstracts based on the following criteria:

  • Direct relevance of research work to the fields of ecology, animal behaviour or evolutionary biology.
  • Scientific merit, with emphasis on original, in-depth research and novel perspectives (meta-analyses or thorough reviews are fine). Authors are encouraged to present results from studies which have been completed or are nearing completion. If the results are already published, please provide the full citation to the article (with a link to the article on the journal website).
  • Clearly written and well organised abstracts that begin with a concise statement of the topic or issue and end with a clear and substantive conclusion.
  • Adherence to the submission guidelines outlined here. In particular
    • The Background/question part of the abstract should motivate and clearly convey a scientific question in ecology / behaviour / evolutionary biology (word limit: < 100 words).
    • Methods section should clearly state the methods employed with sufficient detail so that reviewers can evaluate them appropriately (word limit: < 100 words).
    • The results part of the abstract should outline specific results of the study explicitly. For conservation and other applied research, their implications for ecology / behaviour / evolutionary biology should be conveyed explicitly (word limit: < 150 words).
  • Work originating entirely from environmental sciences, without any linkages to ecology, animal behaviour or evolutionary biology will not be accepted.
  • Abstracts that are incomplete or received after the deadline will not be considered.

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