34th SBEC 2018 34th Southern Biomedical Engineering Conference 2018 March 8-10, 2018 Holiday Inn, Charlotte Airport 2707 Little Rock Road Charlotte, NC 28214 Phone: (704) 394-4301 34th Southern Biomedical Engineering Conference Call for Abstracts 2018 Charlotte, NC To submit an abstract, please click HERE. You will be taken to Oxford Abstracts where you will need to register an account before you are able to submit. Once registered, log in to your account and follow the prompts. To register for the conference, please click here. You will be taken to Oxford Abstracts where you will need to register an account if you have not already done so for abstract submission. Once registered, log in to your account and follow the prompts. Conference Chair Dr. Ahmed El-Ghannam University of North Carolina at Charlotte Phone: 704-687-7730 firstname.lastname@example.org Conference Co-Chair Dr. Ham Benghuzzi University of Mississippi Medical Center Phone: 601-984-6324 email@example.com Submission and Notifications Deadlines Submission of 200-word Short Abstract: August 1, 2017: Submission Opens November 15, 2017: Submission Closes (11 PM CST USA) Submission of 2-Page Manuscript: December 1, 2017: Notification of Abstract Acceptance & Invitation to Submit a two page length Paper (optional to authors/the SBEC program review committee will select limited number of abstracts to be invited to submit full-length manuscripts). December 21, 2017: Submission of Manuscripts Closes (11 PM CST USA) January 23, 2018: Notification of Acceptance of Full-length Manuscripts Registration Fees* Before February 17, 2018 ………………………………….… $280 After February 17, 2018 ……………………………………….. $375 For students before February 17, 2018 ………………. $190 For students after February 17, 2018 …………………. $225 *Junior faculty <3 years out from obtaining terminal degree, register as a student Location Abstract Format Title in capital bold letters, centered in size 14. Author(s) and Affiliation(s) with complete mailing address, centered in size 12. Body of the abstract (limited a maximum of 18 lines only), single spaced, text only (no figures, photographs or tables) should be typed in size 12 font using Microsoft Word. It should be right and left justified and fit on 8 ½ x 11-inch paper with one inch margins. The preferred way is to e-mail a copy of your abstract to Dr. Michelle Tucci at firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. Ham Benghuzzi at email@example.com. In your e-mail or cover letter, please identify the corresponding author with complete mailing address, telephone number and e-mail address. Peer Review Criteria for SBEC Papers Abstracts and manuscripts submitted to the SBEC are subject to a series of steps, which lead to the acceptance of manuscripts for publication or rejection. The abstracts submitted to SBEC are sorted into different categories by an organizational committee. Then the conference chairs appoint appropriate reviewers for the abstracts from the program committee as well as experts in those specified disciplines. The senior authors of the accepted abstracts are notified and invited to submit a full-length manuscript (Submission of manuscripts is optional), as well as to present the findings at the annual meeting. Upon receipt of the full-length manuscript, the conference chair assigns at least four reviewers for each paper to evaluate the originality and novelty of the research (Scores: 1=Rejection, 2= Modification by Program Committee, 3 = Acceptable, 4= Very Good Paper, and 5 = Excellent Work). Accepted manuscripts are considered refereed papers under the umbrella of “accept or reject,” meaning there is no communications with the authors for major revisions (minor revisions are allowed at the conference chairs discretion). All the accepted abstracts/papers will be published in a Special Issue of The Journal of Mississippi Academy of Sciences as well as an archival book entitled Biomedical Engineering: Recent Developments that will be available at the meeting.