Call for abstracts

The call for abstracts is open, the deadline for submission has been extended to 6 April 2020. Abstracts for oral presentations and posters are invited in areas relevant to the work of Cochrane as well as evidence-based practice, policy, methodology, and advocacy. All submissions will be notified of their outcome by May 25, 2020. All accepted abstracts will be published in an e-book as a supplement to the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.

The focus of the Colloquium is on ‘Rapid-Learning Health Systems,” an approach to improve people’s experiences and health outcomes while keeping costs manageable and health care stakeholders engaged. Rapid-learning health systems apply to all levels of health care (from clinical encounter to program, organization and system) and across all parts (from home care to primary and specialty care and public health). The Colloquium will also address the role of technology in achieving Rapid-learning health systems.

Submissions are invited in the following categories related to evidence synthesis:

  • Priority Setting
  • Stakeholder involvement (patients, consumers and the public, practitioners, policy makers and health managers, researchers and research funders)
  • Knowledge translation, use and communication of evidence
  • Global Health and equity (especially low and middle income countries perspectives)
  • Evidence advocacy
  • Innovative solutions to challenges of evidence production
  • Living meta-analysis
  • Machine learning and artificial intelligence
  • Health Policy
  • Health technology assessment, health economics and modelling
  • Guideline development
  • Research waste
  • Conflict of interest and fraud
  • Education and training
  • Searching and information retrieval
  • Investigating different types of bias
  • Statistical methods (basic and advanced methods not included in other categories)
  • Syntheses of other study designs and data (e.g., non-randomised, pre-clinical studies, big data)
  • Overviews and other types of evidence synthesis (including maps and scoping reviews)
  • Rapid reviews
  • Qualitative evidence synthesis methodology
  • Network meta-analysis
  • Diagnostic test accuracy review methods

  • Other
  • Systematic reviews and meta-analyses not in the above categories, e.g. reviews of intervention effects (Note: these reviews will only be considered for poster presentation)

The deadline for abstract submissions is 23.59 UTC, 6 April 2020.

Before submitting an abstract

You and all co-authors must  log in on this website using your Cochrane Account or create a Cochrane account). You do not need to register for the Colloquium to submit an abstract. Note: In your account settings, do not check 'I don't want others to be able to contact me'.

Once logged in to your account, you can access the online submission form. Complete the form and click ‘Save’ to submit it for review. You can log back in and access your submissions using the ‘My submissions’ link. You can edit your abstract until the deadline of 23.59 UTC, 6 April 2020.

Instructions for oral and poster abstracts

  • Abstracts must be submitted online by 6 April 2020, 23:59 UTC.
  • Only abstracts submitted in English will be considered.
  • Abstracts must not be more than 3000 characters (approx. 430 words).
  • The abstract title should not be more than 20 words.
  • The abstract should then follow the structure: Background, Objectives, Methods, Results, Conclusions. If your abstract does not fit into this format, please choose alternative headings that are appropriate, but you should always have a final statement on patient or healthcare consumer involvement.
  • If abbreviations are used, the abbreviated term should be written out in full the first time it is used.
  • Tables and graphs can be submitted with your abstract as an attached image document. Allowed formats are: gif, png, jpg, jpeg, tif, tiff, pdf. Please remember to insert the reference (Table 1, Figure 1, etc.) in the abstract.
  • You do not need to submit a PDF version of the abstract alongside the form.

Acceptance and notification of abstracts

Submissions will be judged on their originality, clarity, and scientific quality.
At the time of submission, you will be asked to indicate a preference for oral or poster presentation. However, the final decision on the type of presentation is made by the Abstract Committee. We aim to notify authors of acceptance or rejection of their submission by 25 May 2020.


All presenters of accepted abstracts are required to register and attend the conference. The organizers reserve the right to withdraw abstracts if presenters have not registered for the Colloquium by 1 July 2020.