Abstracts must conform to our abstract template (.docx) and must be converted to PDF before uploading. Do not alter the format or your abstract will be rejected. Please view the conference track tree to identify the appropriate track for your abstract.

Download Abstract Templates & Abstract Instructions (.zip)

Abstract due dates are as follows:

PhD Student Paper Competition Abstract Submission January 14, 2022
General Abstract Submission January 21, 2022
MS Student Paper Competition January 21, 2022
BS Student Paper Competition Abstract Submission February 18, 2022
Undergraduate Design Competition Abstract Submission February 18, 2022

All deadlines are due by 11:59pm PT. There is no fee for submitting an abstract to SB3C.

Please be sure to read through the latest information on the meeting format and COVID policies.

The complete Abstract Submission Guidelines are provided below for your reference:

Create your abstract

  • Use the provided Abstract Template in Microsoft Word and save it as a PDF.
  • Do not include page numbers, headers, or footers in your abstract. They will be added when the final program book is made.
  • Keep fonts consistent with the template. More detail on fonts and sizes can be found in the Abstract Formatting Instructions below.
  • The final PDF size may not exceed 3MB. There are options to reduce the file size in Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat..
  • You are limited to 2 pages. Abstracts longer than 2 pages will be rejected.

Submit your abstract

Every submission is a two-step process. The first step is to initiate the submission by entering the metadata associated with the abstract. Upon completion, each submission is given a unique ID. In the second step, users will return to the OpenConf home page, enter the unique ID, and upload the abstract. Below are detailed instructions for each step.

Step 1. Initiate the submission process

Go to https://www.openconf.org/SB3C2022

  • Under Authors: select ‘Make Submission’
    • Enter your abstract title. Only the first letter of the first word should be capitalized. Do not use ALL CAPS
    • Enter information for every author on your abstract
    • Select who will be the Presenting, Contact, and Senior Author. For students, we strongly suggest that the contact author be the primary adviser. The Senior author should be the principal investigator of the laboratory (often also the advisor)
    • Choose the ONE topic area from the list that best fits your abstract
    • Select the appropriate student competition category, if applicable
    • Enter a password to save your submission
    • Write down the unique submission ID

Step 2. Upload your abstract

Return to the OpenConf home page https://www.openconf.org/SB3C2022

  • Under Authors: select ‘Upload File’
  • Use your submission ID # and password (assigned under ‘Make Submission’) to upload the abstract PDF
  • If you need to make a change to your submission, you may return to your original submission and revise at any time prior to the deadline. Please edit your submission rather than create a new submission.
These instructions present the specifications for formatting the elements of the abstract. All submissions must follow these guidelines.

  • Use the provided abstract template document in Microsoft Word format, and when finished, save it as a PDF.
  • Required elements: Title, Authors, Affiliations, Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgments, References.
  • Include all elements of the paper in one document. All artwork, tables, and graphs must be correctly inserted into the final paper. Detailed instructions are found below.

General Format

  • Text Format: 2 columns, 8.5 in. x 11 in.; each column should be approx. 3.5 in. wide
  • Margins: 0.5 in. (top: to paper header, bottom: from copyright footer, sides)

Conference Name Box: Top-right of 1st page

  • Do not change or remove the Conference Name Box.
  • 9 pt. Helvetica, flush right, on 1st page only
  • 12 pt. line spacing
  • Spacing: 1/2 inch from paper edge

Paper Title

  • 12 pt. bold Arial, uppercase, with units of measure or other specialty lowercase terms remaining as such.
  • Centered on full width of page
  • Spacing: 3 lines separate paper number from title; 2 lines separate title from authors.

Authors and Affiliations

  • Each author entered into the OpenConf submission system should appear in your abstract, and vice versa.
  • Author name: First name, Middle initial, and Last name (affiliation number)
  • Names: 10 pt. bold Arial, upper and lower case letters (title case), centered under the title
  • Affiliations: 10 pt. Arial, title case, single spaced, centered under author names. Affiliations should be numbered and include City, State, and Country. One affiliation per line.
  • Spacing: 2 lines separate the author and affiliation lines; at least 3 lines separate the affiliations from the abstract body

Headings and Subheadings

  • 10 pt. bold Times New Roman
  • 1st level (INTRODUCTION, METHODS, etc.): uppercase, flush left, on own line
  • 2nd level; title case, indented, in line with text

Body Text:

  • 9 or 10 pt. Times New Roman, justified, single spaced
  • Full justification
  • Single line spacing

Footnotes, Headers, Footers, Page Numbers

  • Do not add these items.   These will be added when the final program book is created.


  • Equations should be set apart from the body text and centered.
  • Equations should be numbered consecutively, using numerals enclosed in parentheses and positioned flush right.


  • Refers to images, graphs, and line drawings.
  • Number figures consecutively; provide a caption for each figure.
  • Caption: 9 pt. bold Times New Roman, centered below figure
  • Spacing: clearly separate figure and caption from text.
  • Position: within body of paper, after first reference to figure
  • Size: large enough to be clear at 100% zoom
  • Line weights should be 0.5-1.5 pt for best reproducibility.
  • Figures should be cropped to remove any unnecessary white space around the image and should not include borders.
  • Carefully check figure resolution, as poor quality may affect reviewer scores. Low resolution will result in jagged lines and pixilated images, whereas higher resolution will result in unnecessarily large files.


  • Number tables consecutively; provide a caption for each table.
  • Caption: 9 pt. bold Times New Roman, centered above table
  • Position: within body of paper, after first reference to table
  • Spacing: clearly separate table and caption from text.
  • Size: large enough to be clear at 100% zoom

All students requesting to compete in the 2022 ASME-BED/SB3C Student Paper Competition must submit their abstracts for consideration following the general submission process and choose their respective competition level. Important: the deadline for submission for the PhD-level competition is 1 week prior to the general submission deadline.

All students must acknowledge and attest to meeting all the rules of the SPC. This is achieved through a google-form via the link present on the Student Paper Competition webpage. This must be completed before the submission deadlines. Students submitting abstracts for the competition without first acknowledging the rules will be withdrawn.

In addition to the acknowledgement of the rules, BS and MS-level applicants are required to have their PI sign an attestation form and submit it through the form (pdf template available on the Student Paper Competition page).

For full details, please visit the Student Paper Competition page.

Individual undergraduate students or undergraduate student teams from North America that are engaged in design projects related to rehabilitation or assistive devices during the current (2021-2022) academic year are encouraged to submit an abstract of their design project to the 2022 Summer Biomechanics, Bioengineering, and Biotransport Conference (SB3C). For more information, please visit the Undergraduate Design Competition page.