Call for papers

  • All registrars, clinicians, educators and scientists are invited to submit abstracts of their scientific research in the field of orthopaedics for consideration for a podium or poster presentation at the 2023 SAOA congress. 4-7 September 2023.
  • Podium Presentations will be in-person only.
  • The closing date for submissions is 15 May 2023.

Abstract Guidelines

  • Abstracts should be in English, no more than 300 words in length and composed as follows:

    Background: State the aims of the study, the hypothesis that was tested or a description of the problem being analysed.

    Methods: Provide a concise outline of the research methodology that was followed, including the study design, sample strategy, inclusion/exclusion criteria, data collection and analysis strategies that were employed.

    Results: Provide a clear description of the findings.

    Conclusion: Explain the significance of the main findings and the future implications of these results.

  • Please avoid referring to authors, hospital, institution or city names in the abstract as these will be undergoing blinded review.
  • Please do not include any figures or references in the abstract. If you have to use abbreviations, please provide the abbreviation in brackets after the first use of the full term.
  • Abstracts will be reviewed and published as received. Typing and errors will not be corrected. It remains the responsibility of the authors to ensure that all information is accurate and that the language and presentation is of acceptable standard.

Please note

  • Submission of registrar/MMED projects needs to be identified as such. All registrar submissions must indicate if their abstract submission will be eligible for the prestigious GT du Toit award.
  • Presenters will be notified of acceptance/rejection of the abstract via e-mail
  • Abstract submissions will be reviewed and confirmed as either:

–       Podium / Free Paper Presentation (7 minute presentation plus 3 minute discussion), or

–       Poster (E-Posters)

  • Papers not accepted for oral presentation may be considered for poster.
  • Presenters of papers must be registered as delegates for the conference and pay the associated delegate registration fee. Failure to do so will result in their paper being removed from the programme. Presenters will be notified as soon as delegate registration opens.
  • Only on-line abstract submissions will be considered.
  • By submitting the abstract you grant permission to the SAOA to publish the abstract.

Abstract Submission Categories

During the submissions process you will be asked to indicate to which category you would like to submit. The options are:

  • Arthroplasty
  • Foot & Ankle
  • General
  • Hands
  • Hip Arthroscopy
  • Infection
  • Knees
  • Oncology and Limb preservation
  • Paediatrics
  • Shoulder & Elbow
  • Spine
  • Trauma

Online Abstract submission process

Here’s a short step-by-step guide:

  • Click on the Abstract submission button at the bottom of this page
  • Complete your details on the sign-up page
  • You will receive an e-mail with the link to log-in
  • Log in with the username and password you created
  • Click on “My Abstracts” at the top bar of the screen
  • Then click on “Add abstract”
  • If you are a reviewer, click on “My Review List” at the top bar of the screen to see what is waiting for your score.

Should you require assistance with the Abstract submission process, please contact Refiloe at