The title should be in bold, sentence case with no full stop at the end, e.g:
Results from experiments in this field
First name, middle initials if required, and surname with no full stop at the end. Underline the name of the corresponding author. A comma should separate author names. Where authors are from a number of different institutions, the appropriate institution number from the affiliation list should be given as a superscript number immediately after each author's name, e.g.:
John Smith1, Susan Jones2, Bill Fisher3
If the authors are presenting an abstract on behalf of a study group, this information should not be included in the author list, but should appear in an Acknowledgements section.
Affiliations should include department, institute, town and country. Where there are multiple affiliations, each should be listed as a separate paragraph. Each institute should appear in the order used against the author names (see above paragraph) and show the appropriate superscript number, e.g.:
1Department, University, Town, State, Country, Zipcode, USA
2University, Town, State, Postcode, UK
2Company, Town, State, Canada, Postcode
Should not be more than 500 words
Please use single line spacing
Type the text unjustified, without hyphenating words at line breaks
Use hard returns only to end headings and paragraphs, not to rearrange lines
Use the BioMed Central reference format (see below)
Greek and other special characters may be included. If you are unable to reproduce a particular special character, please type out the name of the symbol in full
SI units should be used throughout (litre and molar are permitted, however)
Abbreviations should be used as sparingly as possible and should be defined when first used
Web links (URLs) should be provided in full, including both the title of the site and the URL, in the following format: Reactome [http://www.reactome.org]
Abstracts that describe a method, software or a database can be submitted in an unstructured format. Research-based abstracts should be structured into sections using the following headings typed in bold with no colon at the end, e.g.:
Followed by regular text, on a new line and in the same format as shown above for main text.
Materials and methods
Tables should be numbered (e.g. Table 1) with an optional title and legend, and should be included in the document where they are to appear. Tables must be cited in the text.
Tables should be formatted using the "Table function" in a word processing program and pasted into the abstract box. Tables should not be created with tabs or submitted as graphical items.
Figures and illustrations should not be included.
Brief acknowledgements may be included and should be placed after Conclusions and before the References. If the abstract is being presented on behalf of a study group, this information should be noted here rather than in the author list.
All references should be cited consecutively in the text, using numbers in square brackets. Only papers that have been published, or are in press, or are available through public e-print or preprint servers should be included in the reference list.
Journal abbreviations should follow MEDLINE standards.
References should be at the end of the abstract in BioMed Central style and preceded by the relevant reference number. An example of a reference for a journal article follows. The full reference style guide can be found at the journal’s website (http://genomebiology.com/authors/instructions).
1. Chomczynski P, Sacchi N: Single-step method of RNA isolation by acid guanidinium thiocyanate-phenol-chloroform extraction. Anal Biochem 1987, 162:156-159.