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ABSTRACT SUBMISSION
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Submission norms
and abstract formatting
All registered participants at the XXVI Simpósio de Mirmecologia: An International Ant Meeting are invited to submit abstracts from April 15 to June 30, 2023 NOW CLOSED. Abstracts will be evaluated for scientific merit and ranked by a scientific committee. Abstracts accepted will be assigned for poster or oral presentation according to abstract originality, scientific contribution, and relevance for the field. Each participant may submit up to two abstracts as the first author. The abstracts with the highest scores, as determined by the Scientific Committee and reviewers, will be selected for oral presentation; the remaining abstracts will be presented as posters. Abstracts sent after the submission deadline will NOT be evaluated under any circumstances.

By September 1, 2023, authors will have been notified by email about the Scientific Committee's decision (accepted or rejected). The presentation format (oral or poster) will also be communicated if the abstract is approved. The presentation's date, place, and time will be available in the Book of Abstracts.

Abstract Formatting Guidelines
All submitted abstracts must adhere to the following requirements:

1. The abstracts must be written in English.
2. Abstracts should be submitted exclusively in “.doc” or “.docx” format. The author is responsible for ensuring that the file complies with the guidelines and can be read by any computer with Microsoft Word® 6.0 or higher text editor.
3. Page size: A4; Margins (top, bottom, left, right): 2.5 cm.
4. Font: Times New Roman - size 12.
5. Single spacing between lines.
6. Text alignment: "left" throughout the entire document.
7. The title should have a maximum of 30 words, and the main text should have not more than 400 words.

It will be considered for evaluation abstracts either from studies in (i) initial development, (ii) studies with partial results, or (iii) concluded studies.

The items that should be included in the abstract, in the order listed below:

1. Study title: in bold capital letters with scientific names in italics;

2. Author(s) name(s): first and middle name initials followed by the surname in capital letters. The name of the author presenting the work should be underlined. The name(s) of the remaining authors should be separated by commas, except for the last author, which should be separated by “&”.

3. Author(s) affiliation(s): institution name, full address, and email address of the main author, followed by the institution name, city, state, and country of all other authors (when different). Different addresses should be separated by semicolons and numbered according to the author.

4. Main text: One paragraph only. It must include a concise introduction that provides adequate background information to support the main objectives of your work. It is important to state the research objectives and questions explicitly. The abstract must also include a short description of the main method(s) used (what did you do and how did you do it) and obtained (or expected) partial or final result(s). Finally, the abstract should include the study's main conclusions, indicating clearly the contributions to Myrmecological knowledge and related areas. Citations or subtitles (e.g., Introduction, Objectives, etc.) are not allowed. Avoid explicitly mentioning the results of statistical tests in your abstract. It is recommended to write the abstract using clear and familiar language that can be easily understood by a broad public, considering the diversity of professional profiles and backgrounds of the symposium attendees. It is recommended to avoid using specific terms of the corresponding sub-area whenever possible.

5. Research grants and other funding sources should be listed between brackets at the end of the main text (click the button just below the text to download the template with the “Abstract example”).

Abstract Submission
The submission of abstracts is conditioned to the prior payment of the registration fee. Abstracts submitted without the registration fee properly paid will not be evaluated. There are two options for submitting your abstract(s):

Option 1: Submit your abstract(s) at the time of registration. Please note that the registration form includes an option to attach your abstract and indicate which knowledge areas covered by the Mirmeco your work fits into ((access the form by clicking the button above the text).

Option 2: Submit your abstract(s) after completing your registration. To do so, you must register without attaching the abstract. You will receive a confirmation email with a link to edit your registration form. Keep this link. You can later return to your form and add your abstract(s) in the indicated fields.

ONLY USE THE EDIT LINK TO DO THIS! DO NOT START THE FORM AGAIN, OR YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE A NEW PAYMENT CONFIRMATION.

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