Publication in BJA

By kind permission of the Editor in Chief of the British Journal of Anaesthesia (BJA) the top scoring abstracts submitted to DAS 2021 will be considered for publication in a future electronic edition of the BJA. The organisers of DAS 2021 are delighted to be able to offer this opportunity to those submitting abstracts but draw attention to the following

  • The final decision on publication rests solely with the E-I-C of the BJA or their designated deputy
  • All abstracts accepted for publication will have to agree to appropriate editing (as required) within the time frame specified by the journal
  • The BJA supports the highest standards in research ethics. Authors may be requested to provide evidence of their ethical approvals/ patient consent etc before publication is accepted
  • Authors will have to agree to the terms and conditions of publication as required by the journal 
  • Any abstract selected for publication in the British Journal of Anaesthesia (BJA) cannot be published elsewhere in the same format. 

Ethical Requirements:

  • Consent must have been sought for case reports.
  • Caldicott Guardian approval must be obtained where patient identifiable data is involved.
  • Evaluations must be discussed and agreed by the Scientific Officer of the local regional ethics service if formal ethical approval is deemed not to be required. Ethical considerations and arrangements should be discussed in the methods section of the abstract. (Please see the relevant paragraphs on the BJA Instructions to Authors web page ( for further details).

Abstracts from outwith the UK and Ireland are expected to meet the ethical standards of their host country and comply with the BJA standards noted above. 


Prizes in various categories will be awarded including the inaugural John Smith Award for Innovation and the Ralph Vaughan Cup which will be awarded to the best oral presentation by a UK/Ireland trainee and the inaugural John Smith Award at the discretion of the abstract judges.

John Smith Award for Innovation

Dr John Smith graduated from Liverpool University in 1969 and was appointed as a consultant at Selly Oak Hospital, Birmingham in 1982. He is regarded as a pioneer in the use of fibreoptic laryngoscopes and he developed one of the first fibreoptic training courses in the UK. He has authored several articles on difficult airway management in peer reviewed journals.

Difficult Airway Society is delighted that his family have suggested that his contributions to difficult airway management is remembered and recognised through an annual ‘John Smith Award.’  The best presentation in the innovation session will get the award this year.

An author can select to have their abstract considered for the John Smith Award for Innovation at DAS 2021 by selecting the ‘Innovation’ theme during submission.

Whilst not an exhaustive guide, the following would qualify an abstract to be considered for the innovation prize:

  • A novel method of data collection 
  • A novel technique of training and teaching 
  • A novel finding in the lab/clinical application (not previously published) 
  • A novel device or monitor or a novel use of an established device (not yet commercially available) 
  • A novel clinical service or team training method/approach 

All applicants should consider protecting their intellectual property before submitting their abstract. The protection of intellectual property is the ultimate responsibility of each applicant, and DAS is not responsible for any intellectual property submitted for the DAS 2021 meeting.


  • patent  
  • A registered design 
  • A trademark 
  • A copyright 

Ralph Vaughan Cup

For the best oral presentation by a UK/ Irish Trainee.

Ralph Stephens Vaughan was appointed consultant in Cardiff in 1973. He was the Honorary Secretary to the Junior Anaesthetists Group from 1969-72 and then the Honorary Secretary of the Association of Anaesthetists from 1992-94. He has also served as the Vice President of both the Association of Anaesthetists and the Royal College of Anaesthetists. During his time on RCoA Council, he held several key roles including as the Chairman of the Examinations Committee. His research mainly revolved around Airway Management and he was also the founding Chairman of DAS. 


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