The meeting will host both oral presentations and posters by participants. Both types of presentation must be submitted for evaluation and inclusion via the online abstract submission form. We welcome abstracts on any topics related to Neotropical ornithology, including (but not restricted to) ecology, physiology, behavior, systematics, taxonomy, bioacoustics, evolution, biogeography, and conservation. On the form, contributors should choose the general area of ornithology and sub-area(s) in which their abstracts are best categorized. In the absence of a good choice, please select “other”.

Abstract contributors must declare their preference for oral presentation or poster at the time of submission. However, because time slots for oral presentations are limited, we may need to transfer some oral presentation requests to posters. Preference for oral presentations will be given to high-quality abstracts and those likely to be of broader interest to conference participants. Authors should limit their participation to a maximum of two abstracts as first author, and only one may be selected as an oral presentation. Titles and abstracts should be submitted in the language in which the contribution will be presented (English, Portuguese, or Spanish; see Meeting languages).

Participants who require an acceptance letter to apply for funds with hard dates that precede the announcement of abstract acceptance (30 April 2015) may contact us by email. These requests will be evaluated individually.

Abstract format and organization:

Titles should be no more than 150 characters including spaces (ca. 20 words), concise, and clear, highlighting the main findings of the study. The body of the abstract should be no more than 1700 characters including spaces (ca. 250 words). The first sentences should provide the theoretical background, relevance of the study, general question being addressed, and hypotheses, if applicable. Then, state clearly the objective of the study and outline the methodology briefly, including the study area. Most of the abstract should report and discuss the results. Finally, end with a sentence in the form of a conclusion placing the results in a broader context.

Use established scientific names to identify species (in italics) or higher taxa, especially in the title or at first mention in the body of the abstract. Avoid the use of common names in any language, although bird names that are part of ordinary language (e.g., the penguins, gulls, herons, etc.) may be acceptable. Citations in the abstract should be avoided.a Reporting of numerical and statistical results should be minimized. Round numbers to biologically significant digits and report statistical tests concisely: usually no more than the name of the test and a P-value or an Akaike weight.

Please note that abstracts written in a word processing program (such as Microsoft Word) must first be copied into a simple text file format (e.g., pasted into TextEdit or Notepad) before being pasted into the online form. If pasted directly, formatting information from the original program, although invisible, will be counted in the total character count.  Unfortunately, once this has happened, the only way to remove these unseen characters is by reloading the online form, thereby losing the other information inserted.

a If citations are considered absolutely necessary (e.g., a specific publication is the focus of the study to be presented), use the following format: (Ingram & Mahler 2013, Methods Ecol. Evol. 4), Pennycuick (2008, Modeling the flying bird), using “ et al.” if more than two authors are involved. Use standard abbreviations for journal names and also abbreviate long book titles.