Abstract Format Instructions: Frontiers in Shelter Medicine

Frontiers in Shelter Medicine

After you prepare the submission materials following these format instructions, you will be ready to Submit Your Abstract.

The deadline for submitting an abstract is April 15, 2014. 

File Format

  • Abstracts must be submitted in Microsoft Word.


  • The entire abstract (including title, authors, and affiliations) must fit within one 8 ½” x 11” paper.
  • Use 1.5-inch margins on all sides.
  • Use Times New Roman 11 point black font.
  • All lines must be single-spaced, do not insert extra lines between paragraphs except for after that author/affiliation section.
  • Indent each paragraph 3 spaces. Do not use tabs to indent.
  • Use full justification so that text is flush with both left and right margins.
  • Some journals will not publish manuscripts proceeded by published abstracts more than 250 words long. Authors should contact their target journals to assure that publication of the research abstract does not jeopardize future publication of the full manuscript.

Title and Authors

  • Authors should be listed using initials followed by last names with each name separated by commas.
  • Underline the name of the presenting author.
  • Create a new line for author affiliations indicated by superscript numbers. Include institution name, city, state, and country.
  • Omit degrees, titles, street address, and zip code.


  • Organize the body of the abstract as follows:
    • A statement of the purpose of the study.
    • A statement of the methods used.
    • A summary of the results presented in sufficient detail to support the conclusions.
    • A statement of the conclusions reached
  • Do not use subheadings (e.g. Methods, Results).
  • Tables and Graphs
    • Use only if they are simple, neat, and fit within the allotted space.
    • Tables and graphs must be imported into the abstract text.
  • It is not satisfactory to state “the results will be discussed” or “other data will be presented.”
  • Please proof the submission carefully as the abstract will appear exactly as submitted.
  • Excessively poor grammar or clarity of writing may be grounds for abstract return.

Abbreviations and Drug Names

  • Abbreviations must be defined by the author by placing them in parenthesis after the full word the first time they appear.
  • Non-proprietary (generic) names are required the first time a drug is mentioned. Proprietary names are always capitalized, e.g. cimetidine (Tagamet).

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