Abstract Mentor Programme

The goal of The Union’s Abstract Mentor Programme is to provide an opportunity for young and/or less experienced abstract submitters to ask for feedback from experienced abstract submitters. The programme is especially targeted at researchers from resource-limited settings who lack access to opportunities for rigorous mentoring in research and writing.

The programme is completely independent of the abstract review and selection process and is entirely dependent on volunteer experienced researchers acting as mentors. Mentors will provide one-time, anonymous feedback on the writing and format of an abstract and not on the content or science presented.

Click here to download the Abstract mentor programme as a pdf

Abstract Mentor Programme Steps

  • Prepare a draft abstract in accordance with the conference abstract Submission Guidelines.
  • Very important: indicate the topic/sub-topic of your abstract (list available under “Guidelines”).
  • If possible, ask a supervisor or colleague to review your draft abstract and give you feedback.
  • If available, use spelling and grammar check (e.g. Office Word Spelling and Grammar function).
  • Send your draft abstract for mentoring at the following email: mentoring@theunion.org
  • The deadline to send your abstract for mentoring programme is: 28 March 2014
  • Deadline for mentors to send their feedback is: 11 April 2014
  • Deadline for online abstract submission is: 25 April 2014 

General Rules

  • The mentor process is anonymous in that the author and mentor will not know who the other is.
  • The draft abstract sent to the mentor must follow the submission guidelines.
  • Each delegate is allowed to send only one abstract for mentoring.
  • Each abstract is allowed only one round of mentoring support.
  • The administrator of the mentor programme will return draft abstracts to the author if they do not follow the submission guidelines without mentoring.
  • Mentors will help the abstract authors by review the writing and format. They are not asked to provide technical support on research methods, analysis, or the report of results.
  • Mentors will not make suggestions via track changes and/or comments in MS Word.
  • Mentors cannot indicate if they think that the abstract is likely to be selected or not.
  • Abstract authors soliciting mentoring assistance are requested not to submit the abstract via the online system before receiving the feedback from the mentors.