IOA Research Award
The IOA Research Award was instituted in 1991. It is presented for the most outstanding research paper and presentation given by an orthoptist at every IOA Congress. To be considered for the IOA Research Award you need to submit your full paper no later than TBCSee the instructions for publication in the supplement for Strabismus for full papers below.

Publication of Full Papers in Supplement in the Journal Strabismus
Authors of papers and/or poster may submit full articles for publication in a special supplement to the journal Strabismus comprised of Congress papers. All full papers must be submitted by TBC for consideration of publication.  If you wish to be considered for the IOA Congress Research award you need to have your full paper submitted by TBC.

Instructions for Authors of Full Papers
Submission of Manuscripts: Authors must submit their manuscript electronically to for peer review to the ScholarOne submitting system found at https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/nstr

Please indicate when you submit that your paper is to be considered for publication in the supplement.

In the online submission authors should check off that their article is SYMPOSIUM PROCEEDINGS.
One corresponding author should be identified, whose full contact information, including email address is provided.

Copyright: Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce copyrighted material from other sources, and are required to sign an agreement to transfer copyright to the publisher. This enables Informa Healthcare to ensure protection against infringement.

Declaration of Interest: It is the policy of all Informa Healthcare to adhere in principle to the Conflict of Interest policy recommended by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE): http://www.icmje.org/index.html#conflict.

Journal Style: The manuscript should be prepared according to the journal style, using American English spelling and punctuation. It should include a summary, a clear introductory statement of purpose, a review of relevant literature or a historical review, a description of methods and materials used, a full presentation of the results and a discussion on the significance of the findings and any correlation with those of others in the literature.

Title Page: The title page should include a full title, a short title (running headline), names and addresses of the authors, their academic status and the mailing address and e-mail of the author to whom correspondence or requests for reprints should be sent. Please put the version date on the title page, in the right upper corner.

Abstract: The full article should begin with an abstract in English comprising not more than 400 words.

Keywords: Up to five key works, which may or may not appear in the title, should be given in alphabetical order in English, on the title page, each separated by a semicolon (;). In addition to being printed in the article, these key words form the sole basis of the annual Subject Index. Thus please give them careful consideration.

Text: The text should be divided into the following sections: Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgements, References. Type headings in the style of the Journal; not more than three levels of heading should be used: capitals, bold lower case, italics lower case.

Document Format: Text should be supplied in a format compatible with Microsoft Word for Windows (PC). All parts of the manuscript should be double-spaced, with a 12-point, Times New Roman font, and margins of 1 inch (2.5 cm) on all sides.

References: In text citations should appear in alphabetical order (Ringscen & Bond, 1996; Vega et al., 1996), as well, the Reference list should be in alphabetical order. References should be provided according to the following style:

Journal Article: Vega KJ, Pina I, Krevsky B. Heart transplantation is associated with an increased risk for pancreatobiliary disease. Ann Intern Med. 1996; 124:980-983.

Article Not in English: Ryder TE, Haukeland EA, Solhaug JH, Bilateral infrapatellar senseruptur his tidligere frisk kvinne. [English translation] Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen. 1996; 116:41-42

Book: Ringscen MK, Bond D. Gerontology and leadership skills for nurses, 2nd ed. Albany, NY: Delmar Publishers,1996.

Chapter in Book: Phillips SJ, Whisnant JP. Hypertension and Stroke. In: Laragh JH, Brenner BM, editors. Hypertension: pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management, 2nd ed. New York: Raven Press, 1995, 465-478.

Editor(s), Compiler(s) as Author: Norman IJ, Redfer SJ, eds. Mental Health care for elderly people. New York: Churchill Livingstone, 1996.

Only references published in generally-available journals or books will be accepted. References which have not been accepted for publication cannot be included in the reference list and should be placed within the text of the manuscript and denoted as: ‘manuscript in preparation’ or ‘personal communication.’

Tables and Figures: Tables and figures should not be embedded in the text, but should be uploaded as separate files. A short descriptive title should appear above each table with a clear legend and any footnotes or Captions suitably identified below.

Illustrations: For highest quality reproduction of illustrations we recommend submitting each figure as high resolution TIFF (300 dpi minimum) or EPS (800 dpi) files with any fonts embedded. Color illustrations will be considered for publication, however, the author will be required to bear the full cost involved in his/her printing and publication. A quote will be provided for color art. Good-quality color prints should be provided in their final size. Figures submitted in color will appear online in color, free of charge. The publisher has the right to refuse publication of color prints deemed unacceptable.

Please note that your paper may be sent to CrossCheck for a plagiarism check.


Please make sure to take note of the abstract submission guidelines.

Download IOA 2020 abstract guidelines (pdf)

During submission you will be asked to complete and upload the biography and financial disclosure form, available here.

VIP Reception:
All abstract presenters are invited to attend the VIP Reception on Sunday 21st June
The reception will start at 4pm


The Congress Scientific Program Committee of the IOA invites you to submit an abstract for the International Orthoptic Congress Liverpool 2020. We welcome abstracts in all aspects of orthoptic practice, ranging from binocular vision, amblyopia and strabismus to neuro-ophthalmology, low vision, technological advances and eye disease.  This meeting aims to have something for everyone from traditional orthoptics to extended practice  and to provide perspectives from all domains including clinical, research and educational settings.


Paper: oral presentation
Poster: printed presentation

Abstracts are being accepted for the Congress plenary and for the Education Forum Free Paper Session.

Abstract Guidelines

The abstract submission is open online from June 1st, 2019 to December 1st, 2019.
The IOA encourages submission of original, innovative work. Any work that has previously been published or is accepted for publication will not be accepted. You may submit previously presented work, however, to the subspecialty meetings. Acceptance of previously presented work is at the discretion of the Congress Scientific Programme Committee.

  • Abstracts may be submitted only once.
  • You may submit a maximum of 2 abstracts as first author. There is no limit to the number of abstracts submitted as a co-author.
  • Abstracts must be submitted in English using the online abstract submission process. Abstracts will NOT be accepted by email or other methods.
  • The submitting author must be the presenter. The submitting author automatically will be the contact author and will be listed as the presenter. The correct email address of the presenting author is mandatory.
  • All authors must be listed in the order in which they should appear on the printed abstract. Failure to show the correct order of authors will result in them being listed incorrectly when/if the abstract is published.
  • A maximum of five co-authors are allowed for each abstract.
  • Abstracts written or submitted by industry personnel will not be accepted.
  • The maximum for abstract length is 2500 characters, excluding title, authors and institutions.
  • Use Times New Roman 12 point font
  • Any and all financial interests of all authors of an abstract must be disclosed. This includes financial disclosures for the previous 2 years. See Financial Disclosure criteria here below for more details.
  • During submission you will be asked to complete and upload the biography and financial disclosure form, available here.
  • All necessary permission must be obtained before submitting an abstract. The IOA assumes no responsibility for the publication of any submitted material.
  • You may choose your presentation format preference, however, all accepted abstracts will be assigned to a paper or poster presentation at the discretion of the reviewing committee. If your preferred format choice is not granted, you may withdraw your abstract.
  • By submitting an abstract, you as presenting author, agree to pay the full registration fee and attend the meeting.
  • The body of your abstract should include details under 4 main headings: purpose, methods, results and conclusions. Abstracts will not be accepted if the results section is still a ‘work in progress’ at the time of submission.
  • The abstract title must be concise and without abbreviations. Do check the abstract on correct spelling and grammar.
  • Do not include graphs, tables, images and references in the abstract.


IOA Scientific Program Criteria

Ethical Approval: Studies should follow the principles outlined in the Declaration of Helsinki and the research protocol should be reviewed and approved by an appropriate independent ethics committee or institutional review board.

No ethics review required for the following:

  • Case studies
  • Basic science not involving animals
  • Literature reviews
  • Observational case series (no treatment)

Ethics review required for the following:

  • Basic science involving animals
  • Chart reviews
  • Prospective/experimental design
  • Any research involving patient treatment
  • Anything with identifiable patient information

Financial Disclosure:  To be provided continuing professional development credit hours the IOA must disclose to the program audience any real or apparent financial interests over the previous 2 years relevant to the content of a presentation(s) to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all accredited educational activities. Declaration of financial interest is not intended to restrict any presentation but to inform the audience that this relationship exists.

All presenters at the meeting MUST disclose any significant financial interest or other relationship over the previous 2 years with the manufacturer(s) of any commercial product(s) and/or provider(s) of any commercial services. In case of uncertainty it is better to err on full disclosure.

A financial interest is any relationship in which you may benefit by receiving salary, travel benefits, intellectual property rights, royalties, honoraria, stocks, stock options, consulting fees, speaking fees, membership fees, or any other financial benefit. Financial relationships pertain equally to your immediate family (i.e. spouse/partner or dependent child).

Abstract Review
Abstracts are reviewed by the Congress Scientific Programme Committee. All abstracts are considered equally for selection, and the quality of the abstract is the single most important factor in the Committee’s decision.
Abstracts are chosen on the basis of originality, clinical relevance, comprehensiveness, solid scientific practice, ability to stimulate discussion and/or address an educational need. Abstracts that do not adhere to the Abstract Submission Guidelines will not be accepted.
All letters of program acceptance will be sent to abstract authors no later than February 1, 2020

Presenting Author
The submitting author must be present at the meeting to deliver the presentation. Failure to adhere to this requirement may result in ineligibility to submit an abstract at the next Congress.
If the submitting author is a student we suggest that a senior author be present and prepared to support the work of the presenting author.

Abstract Withdrawal
Withdrawals must be received by NOON the day before the scheduled presentation. If you fail to notify IOA of withdrawal or if you fail to present, you will be ineligible to submit for the following Congress.
Send abstract withdrawal notifications to congress@internationalorthoptics.org

Abstracts withdrawn after 11:59pm May 30th, 2020, will be published.

Request for Approval of Substitute Presenter
Substitute presenters must be approved in advance.
Requests for approval of substitute presenters must be submitted by the First Author by NOON the day before the scheduled presentation.
Substitute presenter approval requests will only be considered in cases of illness, family emergency, change of employment, or inability to obtain a visa.
Substitute presenters must be a co-author listed on the abstract, must be qualified to discuss all aspects of the abstract during its presentation and must pay the registration fee to attend the Annual Meeting. (A complimentary full-meeting exhibitor badge is not an acceptable substitute.)
An individual may be a substitute presenter for only one presentation.