Important Dates

Submission Open: February 1, 2018 through April 15, 2018 midnight EST
Conference Dates: Wednesday-Thursday, November 14-15, 2018 (Pre-Conference Workshops Tuesday, November 13, 2018)

Authors are invited to submit abstracts presenting new research results related to research on fascia. Cash prizes will be awarded by Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies for the two most clinically relevant abstracts.

Abstracts selected by the Scientific Review Committee will be posted on this web site and published in the 2018 conference proceedings book.

The general categories requested for submitted abstracts are:

  1. Basic science
    1. Anatomy of Fascia
    2. Biomechanics of Fascia
    3. Cytology / Histology of Fascia
    4. Modeling and Fascia
    5. Pathology and Fascia
    6. Biological Fluid Dynamics
    7. Fascia and Cancer
    8. Veterinary Fascia Research
  2. Clinical mechanistic research, or clinical findings suggesting directions for basic research
    1. Fascia Assessment Modalities
    2. Manual and Movement Therapy directed at Fascia
    3. Tool Assisted Therapy directed at Fascia (including dry needling)
    4. Fascia in Surgery and Recovery from Surgery
    5. Low Back Pain and Lumbar Fascia
    6. Fascia related research on special populations (e.g. women, persons with disabilities)
    7. Scars and Adhesions
  3. Research methodology
  4. New Hypotheses
  5. Fascial considerations for, women, minorities and persons with disability, such as pelvic pain, keloid formation, spasticity
  6. Other

Submission Guidelines

Abstracts must be submitted in English. Submissions will only be accepted online. Please submit MS Word or PDF formats. Total length of the submission must be no more than one (1) page long, using the rules specified below. Approximate maximum length is 373 words total. Longer abstracts will be rejected without review.

Authors of accepted abstracts…

  1. Must guarantee that at least one of the authors will register and attend the conference and present.
  2. Are required, as part of the submission process, to grant permission to publish their abstracts.
  3. Are responsible to ensure that no contractual relations or proprietary considerations exist that restrict the dissemination of their findings.
  4. Must include a statement that all experimentation involving humans or animals was performed in accord with applicable regional and/or institutional ethical policies and approved by an appropriate ethical committee. For human research without such oversight, a statement must be made that the research conformed to the Declaration of Helsinki For research involving animals, a statement must be made that the research was carried out with approval from the local ethics committee, and performed in accord with national or international standards (e.g., the Committee for Research and Ethical Issues of the International Association for the Study of Pain). The Scientific Review Committee reserves the right to contact the author or institution for clarification or proof of review board approval prior to acceptance of the abstract.

Please be sure to follow the formatting guidelines below.

Please note, submissions not meeting the submission guidelines risk rejection without consideration of their merits.

Scientific Review Process

The Scientific Review Committee consists of scientists with conventional research training and/or experience in relevant complementary disciplines. The panel has been selected to represent a wide range of clinical and scientific disciplines.

Abstracts will be reviewed by at least two members of the review panel. Abstracts should be sufficiently intelligible and self-contained.

Selection will be based on a set of criteria, such as: scientific relevance, substantiated laboratory evidence, hypothesis relevance, implications for applied methods, and relevance for clinicians.

The Scientific Review Committee will make final determination for oral versus poster presentation from among the accepted abstracts. Accepted abstracts will be published on this web site and published in the 2015 conference proceedings book.


Formatting—after editorial changes, if any—will be kept as submitted for abstract publication on the website. Substantial deviation from the requested standard will require author revision. Submissions not meeting the guidelines risk rejection without consideration of their merits.

Each abstract should state the study's objective, briefly describe the methods used, summarize the results obtained, and state the conclusions. Abstracts must stand on their own, giving a synopsis of the project. It is not satisfactory to say, "The results will be discussed." Presentations should emphasize the significance of results and general principles.

When experimental animals are used, the species should be stated, including the gender if relevant. Use standard abbreviations for units of measure but avoid other abbreviations if possible. When necessary, other abbreviations should be fully spelled out on first mention, followed by the abbreviation in parentheses.

Download a PDF example of properly formatted abstracts:

  1. Abstract page sizes and formatting instructions:
    The example of an expanded abstract provided here in PDF is shorter than the approximately maximum length (373 words total), includes a figure and legend, and satisfies the formatting and content requirements.
  2. Main title
    Initial caps, 14 point, bold, centered. Leave two blank lines after the title.
  3. Author name(s) and affiliation(s)
    Author name(s) and full affiliation(s) should be beneath the title. Include full address, telephone and fax numbers, and email addresses. Include e-mail addresses if possible.
  4. Main Text
    For headings and text, use no smaller than 11 point font. The following components must be included in the Main Text. Each component must be indicated at the beginning of a new line, and in all-capitals:

  5. Illustrations, Graphs, Figures, and Photographs
    Figure legends should be short, and can be one font-size smaller than the main text. Color will be available for the web version but not in the printed proceedings.
  6. Footnotes
    Do not use footnotes.
  7. References
    References, if included, must follow the main text. List and number all references at the end of the paper. When referenced in the text, enclose the citation number in square brackets; e.g., [7]. Where appropriate, include name(s) of editors of referenced books.

    • Journal: Bove GM, Zaheen A, Bajwa ZH. Subjective Nature of Lower Limb Radicular Pain. J Man Physiol Therapeutics, 28: 12-14, 2005.
    • Book Chapter: Bove GM. Peripheral Nerve Biology and Concepts of Nerve Pathophysiology. In Haldeman S, ed. Principles and Practice of Chiropractic 3rd ed. New York: McGraw Hill, 2004, p 289-299.
  8. Disclosures (When Applicable)
    Financial contributions and/or potential for financial gain that may be derived from reported work may constitute a potential conflict of interest (real or perceived). Authors are required to disclose their sources of contributed support (commercial, public, or private foundation grants, and off-label use of drugs, if any) entered in a field below the abstract titled "Disclosures".

Resources for Scientific Writing

The following resources are offered to elaborate on the general subject of writing research papers. The guidelines for abstract submissions for the Fascia Research Congress remain as specified above.

Examples of published papers:
Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies (

Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology (

Instructions for Authors:
Journal of Neuroscience (

Presenting Case Studies:
A T Still Research Institute (