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Next location for Poster Presentations at the APTANJ Spring Conference to be held on April 18, 2015.

Deadline for submission is February 28, 2015.

The Research Committee will consider submissions to the research, special interest and theory categories. Abstracts may be submitted for Poster Presentations.

Poster presentations are an important mechanism for the dissemination of new ideas and will be available for viewing at the APTANJ Spring Conference. At least one designated author should plan to attend the conference and be available to discuss the poster, however you do not need to be a conference registrant to participate in the hour-long poster presentation.

Accepted posters must be in a free-standing, tri-fold format, which will be displayed on a tabletop. Maximum size is 36” high x 48” wide. No easels available.

Submission Requirements

Format for Abstracts:

The abstract must be typed double-spaced on one page. Type should be 11 point or larger. The abstract must use standard abbreviations and should not contain subheadings, figures, tables of data, or information that would identify the authors or the institution. Margins for the BODY of the text must be 1” on all sides.

The identifying information must be single-spaced in the 1” top margin and include:

1.     the title in all capitalized letters

2.     the name(s) of the author(s) with the presenter’s name underlined

3.     location where the work was done

4.     the address of presenter enclosed in parentheses

5.     acknowledgement of any financial support for the work being presented


In the lower left margin type the APTA membership number of the presenter.

In the lower right margin indicated whether the abstract is Research or Special Interest.

Specific Content Requirements

Research abstracts must include, in this order:

  • Hypothesis or purpose of the study
  • Number and description of subjects
  • Method and materials
  • Type(s) of data analysis
  • Numerical result(s) of statistical test(s) where appropriate
  • Conclusion
  • Application to physical therapy


Special interest abstracts on a new or unique program, idea, method, or device must include in logical order:

  • Purpose of presentation
  • Summary of experience or use
  • Importance for physical therapy


Headings should be bolded and/or underlined. Reports of single-subject experimental designs qualify as research reports. All case reports qualify as special interest reports.


Research abstracts will be screened to ensure they meet contact requirements and that the work has been completed. Special interest abstracts will be reviewed and selected on the basis of the specific content requirements. The designated author will be notified of a decision by March 21. Schedule information and guidelines for presentation will be sent to the designated author.


Send two (2) documents: one version with indentifying information and a second version without indentifying information. Electronic submission is required. Submission must be in Microsoft Word or rich text format. File should be labeled using the presenting author’s last name. Electronic submissions will be acknowledged when received. Feedback will be given to all submissions.

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Research Committee Co-chairs:

Phyllis Guarrera-Bowlby, PT, PhD Med, PCS & Gerard Fluet, DPT, PhD

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