Abstract Submission Guidelines

Abstract Submission

  • Participant needs to register with the conference prior to submitting an abstract. Upon successful login, the “Abstract Submission” link is made in the “Participant’s Dashboard“.
  • We welcome abstract in the form of original papers, quality improvement reports, health system research reports and epidemic reports on all aspects of public health medicine.
  • All abstract will undergo blind peer review before being accepted and eligible for presentation at the conference.
    Presenter must be a registered participant of the conference.
  • Deadline for abstract submission is: 1st May 2019.
  • Accepted abstract will be published in Medical Journal of Malaysia (MJM) – Supplementary Edition – a Scopus indexed journal of Impact Factor 0.254.
  • Only abstracts received and finalised before 31st May 2019 will be published in the MJM.
Instruction for Authors

General Instructions

  • You will need to complete the information in the submission page as well as upload the abstract through the attachment. The accepted formats for the attachment are doc and docx.
  • In the abstract section, only includes the text of the abstract, do not include the title, author, affiliation, key words or corresponding author’s details.
  • Abstracts cannot be modified once they have been submitted.
  • Please state your preference for either oral or poster presentation.
  • The Scientific Committee reserves the right to select the abstracts and allocated it to either oral presentations or poster sessions.
  • Authors will be notified of abstract on submission and on acceptance by email.
  • Only one attachment is allowed per submission.

Format of Abstract to be Uploaded

Information to be included

  • Title of the article (UPPERCASE).
  • Authors – Full names
  • Affiliation
  • Abstract
  • Keywords
  • File format accepted ‘doc’ or ‘docx’.

Format of the document

  • The font: Trebuchet MS.
  • The font size: 10 for the whole text except the TITLE (Font size 14).
  • Space: single (before: 0 & after: 0).
  • The abstract should be structured abstract (with headings such as: Introduction, Methods, Results, Conclusion).
  • References are not allowed in the abstracts.
  • Maximum words for the abstract is 250 words.

Title

  • The title should be concise and descriptive and preferably not exceed fifteen words.
  • Unless absolutely necessary, scientific names and formulae should be excluded in the title.

Author(s)

  • Authors name should be written as the First Name, Middle Name(s) (Initial(s) only) and Last (Sur-) Name, along with the highest qualification (e.g., MBBS, MD, MPH, DrPH, PhD) after a comma. If there is more than one affiliation for all the authors, then the affiliation should be indicated with a superscript number, which should corresponds to the numbering in the affiliation section.
  • Separate each author’s name, qualification and affiliation with a comma.

Corresponding author

  • Provide the name and email of the corresponding author.

Affiliation(s)

  • Information to be included for the affiliation is Name of the Institution, City and Country. Please do not include the full address, i.e., there should not be a street name, postcode, etc.
  • If there is more than one affiliation for all the authors, number the affiliation as it appears in relation to the authors. Indicate the corresponding affiliation with the same superscript number in the author’s name

Abstract

  • The abstract should be written in the IMRaD format with the following headings – Introduction, Methods, Results and Discussion. The headings should be written in uppercase and in-bold
  • The maximum number of words allowed in an abstract is 250.

Keywords

  • Provide 3 to 5 keywords that will assist indexers in cross-indexing the article.

Example for Abstract Format to be uploaded

WHY DID THEY START SMOKING AT YOUNG AGE?

Zaliha Ismail, PhD1, Mariam Mohamad, MPH1, Nur Afiah Mohd Zulkefli2

1Population Health and Preventive Medicine Discipline, Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Teknologi MARA, 2Department of Community Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia 

ABSTRACT

INTRODUCTION: Age of smoking initiation will greatly influence smoking prevalence in the country. Studies have shown most young people from lower socioeconomic status who regularly smoke will continue to smoke throughout adulthood. This study aims to describe the characteristics of early age smoker and reasons for initiating smoking among the lower socioeconomic community in urban settlements. METHODS: A cross-sectional study with face to face interview was conducted in October 2015. RESULTS: Among 102 young smokers with a mean (SD) age 14.5 (3.01), 87.3% were males and 12.7% females. The mean (SD), household income per month, was RM1539.00 (RM812.20). The mean (SD) age of started smoking was 11.8 (2.76). They smoked almost five cigarettes per day (mean (SD) = 4.7 (4.1)). Nearly 40% (39.2%) of the young smoker attained non-formal or lower education level, 32.4% higher secondary or tertiary and 29% lower secondary education. Majority of them (66.7%) stayed together with their parent, and 43.1% of their both parents were working. Most (47.1%) of the young smoker also had tried vaping. Even though 92.2% of them are Muslims, only 10.8% performed regular Islamic prayer. We found that the topmost described curiosity (69.6%), peer influenced (65.7%) as well as to fit in with friends (52.0%) as the factors that contribute to their decision to initiate smoking. DISCUSSION: Therefore, tackling and handlings the issues of curiosity and peer influence are an important element in a smoking prevention programs.

Keywords: decision, substance initiation, adolescents

Corresponding Author: Mariam Mohamad (mariam.mohamad@123.net)