This way you can get guidance or suggestions from other attendees regarding your speculations, and the audience will understand that the results you are presenting are not fully peer reviewed or finalised.
You can be speculative, more so than in a paper Another difference between a conference presentation and a publication is that it is more acceptable to be speculative at a conference.
But even then, they’re more likely to re-arrange their programme than to accept a poor quality abstract.
And you can’t take it for granted that your abstract won’t face much competition.
Currently fashionable areas in the field of research methods include research using social media and autoethnography/ embodiment.
We received quite a few abstracts addressing these, but again, in the interests of balance, were only likely to accept one (at most) in each area.Remember not to be too technical or to use specialist jargon in your abstract, so that it can be understood by people who are outside of your particular sub-field.Also, take note of the word count allowed, and do not go over this.If you have a new idea which you've been wanting to get feedback on, or if you have an unusual approach to share, then a conference is a good venue for this.So don't be afraid to mention this speculative material in your abstract.You should say something in your abstract about the potential impact of your work, so that organisers can see that it is relevant.Also, think about the particular attendees of the conference and try to adjust your content to make it relevant for them – for example, at a conference attended by many clinicians you should focus on the potential clinical impact of your work.Even so, around three-quarters of the abstracts we received focused on data collection.This meant that each of those abstracts was less likely to be accepted than an abstract focusing on a different aspect of the research process, because we wanted to offer delegates a good balance of presentations.In fact, one of the advantages of attending conferences is getting to hear about new work before it is published.But if you do present preliminary data, but sure to mark it and announce it as such, and mention any uncertainties you have or tests you would like to perform on it in the future.