Frequently Asked Questions

Is my registration fee valid for the new dates in October 2020?

Yes, your existing registration for the Asia Pacific League of Associations for Rheumatology (APLAR 2020) is automatically transferred to the rescheduled congress dates of  Saturday 24 –  29 October 2020. As we are offering discounted registrations you will be reimbursed the difference.

What happens if I cannot attend all days during the virtual congress?

All presentations will be recorded and made available for on demand access following the congress. You will not miss a thing with access for 60 days afterwards!

Are all the Social Events still going ahead?

As we are unable to hold large groups in a safe environment we are no longer able to hold the social events. The virtual platform will still enable interaction between other delegates and networking opportunities will be available.

My registration was managed by a sponsor or agency, what should I do?

All registrations will be transferred to the new dates of  Saturday 24 – Thursday 29 October 2020, however we recommend that you contact the sponsor or agency to confirm these details.

I cancelled my registration but am now able to attend on the new dates, what should I do?

If you are now able to attend APLAR 2020 on the new dates of Saturday 24 – Thursday 29 October 2020, please submit a new registration using your original login and password. This will save you completing the demographic information again and will take you through the registration process.

I registered with the Early Bird rate. If I cancel my registration now and decide later in the year to attend, can I get the Early Bird rate again?

If you re-register later in the year before the new Early Bird cut-off date, 15 September 2020, you will still receive this discounted rate. If you re-register after this date, you will need to pay the registration fee applicable to that date.

What should I do with my travel and hotel booking?

We recommend that you check your travel insurance for your travel booking to see what is covered. The housing bureau (JTB) will be in touch with you regarding your hotel booking.

Hotel, airline company or travel agency did not accept to reschedule or reimburse my booking for free, will the congress reimburse me?

Unfortunately we are not able to cover the cost of travel fees and recommend having purchased travel insurance.

I have a presentation scheduled during the congress, what will happen with it?

If you have already submitted an abstract, your submission will be automatically transferred to the new Congress dates. Should you wish to withdraw your submission please email [email protected] as we require all withdrawals in writing.

Can I change my abstract before the new congress dates?

As the review has begun for abstracts unfortunately you are unable to make any changes to your abstract.

What type of presentations are available?

Oral presentations and poster presentations.

When will authors be notified of submission acceptance or otherwise?

Authors will be notified of the outcome of their submission via email in August 2020.

Are presenters required to register for the congress?

Yes, as a presenter you are required to register and pay for the congress by 15 September 2020. Any presenters not registered for the congress by this deadline will not have their abstract included in the program or the International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases (IJRD).

Are accepted abstract presenters eligible for early bird registration rates?

You will be notified of your abstract status prior to the early bird cut off date. To ensure you receive the early bird rate ensure you register as soon as you receive your status.

Will submissions be published?

Only successful abstract submissions where the presenter has registered and paid to attend the congress will be published to the International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases (IJRD).