Research Forum

Abstract Review Process

Abstracts will be peer reviewed for presentation at the 2018 Research Forum. Abstracts will be accepted that are judged scientifically valid and that yield important information which will ultimately affect patient care. Abstracts submitted or the resultant manuscripts must not appear in a referenced journal before publication of the meeting abstracts in the October 2018 electronic issue of Annals and must not have been presented at a national meeting.

The Research Committee will review abstracts blinded to authors. Notification letters will be sent on or before July 9, 2018. We regret that we cannot give notification information by telephone.


The top 20 abstracts will be selected for plenary presentation (8 minutes in length followed by a 2-minute discussion) in plenary-type sessions. Other accepted abstracts will be in PowerPoint format (6 minutes in length followed by a 1-minute discussion) in topic specific small group sessions. All abstract presentations will be moderated by emergency medicine physicians with expertise in the selected content area.


To be considered for any of the awards listed, you must be the corresponding author for the abstract submission and the presenter of the abstract at the Research Forum.

The Emergency Medicine Foundation will present an award to the outstanding established researcher and a special award to an outstanding young investigator.

An annual Excellence in Research Award (Best Paper) will be presented to an investigator based on the abstract, presentation, discussion, and subsequent of research manuscript.

An annual Best Presentation by a Young Investigator Award will also be chosen. Investigators at the assistant professor level or below with fewer than five years of faculty appointment may request that their abstracts be considered for review in the young investigator category.

The ACEP Research Committee will also present awards for best medical student paper and best resident paper.

The Best Medical Student Paper Award will be given to a medical student who is the primary investigator of an outstanding abstract presentation.

The Best Resident Paper Award will be given to a resident who is the primary investigator of an outstanding abstract presentation.

All four awards will be presented at the 2018 ACEP Research Forum.