Guide to abstracts

Submission Process:

The abstract submission process for HETI 2024 will be through an online submission portal. Participants are requested to create an account and submit an abstract for review according to the guidelines set out on this page. If the abstract is accepted by the scientific committee, the presenting author is requested to register to confirm that they will accept the offer by 26 April 2024.

Abstract Guidelines
  • All abstracts must be submitted online.
  • Abstracts must be in proper English and should be submitted from 30 November, 2023 when the online submission system will be open. The final deadline for submission is: 1st of April, 2024
  • Abstract should include a brief content of the article and succinctly address the following four categories: Objective, Design, Results, and Conclusion.
  • Abstract must be no more than 1800 characters (without spaces) excluding the title and the name(s) and institutions/companies of the authors.)
  • No tables, graphs or images are allowed.
  • Keywords should be consistent with the abstract content. Please indicate 3 keywords.
  • Ensure that your abstract is grammatically correct and free of typographical errors.
  • Please mark the presenting author when you type the author information online.
  • If you do not receive an e-mail confirmation, it means we have no record of your submission. If you are sure you made a submission, check the e-mail address that you used to make your submission.
  • The presenting author will be underlined in the program and serve as the contact for further correspondence.

As stated below, there are three types of presentations.  Authors should indicate which format of presentation is preferred.

Presentation Format:

An abstract can be submitted for presentation at the congress as one of the following. (Please note that the Scientific Committee may at its discretion move an accepted submission into another presentation category (oral to poster or poster to oral)

  1. Oral presentation abstract
  2. Oral presentation abstract (short papers)
  3. Poster presentation
  1. Oral presentations: 15 minutes plus 5 min for Q&A

Presentation materials should be in PowerPoint and saved as PowerPoint.

  1. Oral (Short papers) is a new submission category. An abstract should be submitted as usual that should be followed by a short paper that after its acceptance and presentation will be published as proceedings in a special edition of HETI Journal: International Research and Practice.

Short papers, which will be presented as oral presentations at the congress. Presentation of Short papers provides an opportunity to describe significant novel work in progress or research that is best communicated in an interactive or graphical format. Compared to full papers, their contribution may be narrower in scope, be applied to a narrower set of application domains, or have weaker empirical support than that expected for a full paper.

  • The deadline for submitting the full text of a Short paper is October 30, 2024. This is not possible without a submitted abstract.

Expectations concerning Short Papers

  • Short research papers must describe original work that has not been previously published, not accepted for publication elsewhere, and not simultaneously submitted or currently under review in another journal or congress.
  • Submissions of short research papers must be in English, in word format, and be at most 4 pages or 1200 words (including figures, tables, proofs, appendixes, acknowledgements, and any content except references) in length, with unrestricted space for references. Submissions should follow the HETI Journal – Manuscript Guidelines 2022of HETI Journal: International Research and Practice.

  1. Poster Submissions:
  • Poster presenters will be expected to be available during the allocated Poster Session time in the congress program.
  • The poster should be of A0 size, portrait style and professionally printed. Posters should not be mounted on a rigid backing as they will be displayed on poster display boards.
  • Please note that all expenses for the design, printing etc. of the poster are the responsibility of the presenters.
  • The project should illustrate how a particular equine-assisted program enhances the physical, psychological, psychosocial and/or social and emotional well-being of young people, teenagers and/or adults.

Notification of Acceptance

  • All submitted abstracts will be reviewed by the Scientific Committee according to standard review procedures.
  • Notifications of acceptance will be sent by e-mail to corresponding and presenting authors by 15 April, 2024
  • The presenting author is requested to register to confirm that they will accept the offer by 26 April 2024.

Withdrawal of Abstracts

  • If the presenting author of an accepted abstract does not register by the deadline, the abstract will be automatically withdrawn from the final program.
  • If you would like to withdraw an abstract, please notify the HETI 2024 Secretariat in writing as soon as possible.

Applied terminology

There are numerous terms used in our field around the world. Therefore, for the International Congress, HETI provide terminology vocabulary to have a unified understanding. Please use these terms in your abstract to avoid confusion for our participants.

Equine Assisted Services (EAS) – is used as an umbrella term covering all activities and therapies in the areas where a specially trained horse and a service provider are working with people with health or social disadvantages or specific needs.

EAS is divided into:

  1. Equine Assisted Therapy
  2. Equine Assisted Mental/Health
  3. Equine Assisted Learning and Social care
  4. Para-equestrian sport
  5. Therapy equine – a horse or a pony, equine working in EAS