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Abstracts must be submitted through the Society's web site (see Davey, 2007 for details). The style should conform to the examples provided, including this abstract.
Length. The entire abstract must fit on a single A4 page with 11pt type. For guidance, this is a maximum of about 800 words.
Title. The title should be in grammatical English.
Name(s) and Institute address of author(s). The name of the author who will present the communication should be listed first. The address(es) should identify where the work was done, but may indicate other institutional affiliations and/or present addresses. Where no author is a Society member, the introducing member must be identified in parentheses immediately following the address i.e. (Introduced by ...........). The precise formatting of the by-line will be managed by the web server.
Text. The text should contain enough detail to be self-explanatory. Abstracts must contain reasons for the work, methods employed, results obtained and conclusions drawn. Statements such as "the results will be discussed" are unacceptable. If abbreviations are used they must be defined at first appearance (but not in the title). S.I. units should be used as recommended by Baron (1988). For statistical notation see McCance (2001).
Citations. Use the Harvard system as employed by the Journal of Physiology. Work by three or more authors may be cited using the form Aitkin et al. (1993) (e.g.) unless it will lead to confusion.
References. The cited works must be listed after the text, alphabetically by the authors' surnames, then chronologically if necessary. The reference must include all authors' names, year of publication, full title of journal (e.g., Journal of Physiology, not J. Physiol.), volume number and first and last pages of the article. For a book, include the title, editor, edition if applicable, specific page references if applicable, city of publication and publisher (see, e.g., Baron, 1988).
Footnotes. Footnotes should be avoided if possible as they are not well suited to web presentation.
Figure. Only one figure (line drawing or half tone) is permitted. It should bear no title or legend and be unnumbered. Its location should be within the text (not before or after), be appropriately described in the text and referred to as "the Figure". Lettering should be approximately 11 pt.
Table. Only one table is permitted. It should be typed in the appropriate position in the text and ruled with 0.5 mm black lines. It should have no number, title or legend and be referred to as "the Table".
Animal Experiments. Note that Domestic rule 11(5) states that "All abstracts that deal with animal experimentation in vivo should include the names, doses (where applicable) and modes of administration of all anaesthetic, tranquilizing and muscle relaxant drugs employed". Users of in vitro materials should make it clear that tissue was removed from anaesthetised or dead animals. The inclusion of such information is for the protection of authors and the Society.
For the editor only. To ensure special characters are properly displayed, this section should describe special characters used, e.g. μ: Greek mu; ≅: approximately equal.
Baron DN. (1988) In: Units, Symbols and Abbreviations, ed. Baron DN. pp. 1-64. London: The Royal Society of Medicine.
Davey DF. (2007) On-line submission of abstracts to the Australian Physiological Society. http://www.AuPS.org.au/Proceedings/submission.html
McCance I. (2001) Proceedings of the Australian Physiological and Pharmacological Society, 32(1): 2P.