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2016 Abstract Instructions

Instructions for the submission of abstracts

The deadline for the receipt of abstracts is October 2, 2015.

Deadline Extended - October 30, 2015

  1. All are welcome to submit an abstract for the 25th Annual APSNA Scientific Conference. Membership is not required for submission.
  2. Abstracts are to be completed and submitted online via the APSNA website.
  3. Only fully completed abstract submissions will be reviewed.

Other information:

  • In order to use the "Save and Continue Later" feature within the Abstract Submission Form, be sure to revisit the form from the same computer and browser where you began with the form.
  • Note: The abstract submission form has been tested with Internet Explorer 8, 9, and 10 for Windows PC’s, and Firefox 23 on MAC, Windows and Linux. You may experience difficulties if your browser is an older version.
  • This is a blind review process.
  • Notification of abstract acceptance will be by November 13, 2015.
  • Confirmation of acceptance by primary author is required by November 27, 2015.

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MENTORING is now available (pre-submission) for abstract authors. Contact if you are interested in being connected with a mentor.


General Submission Guidelines

  • Authors are asked to identify their preferred mode of presentation (poster, podium or roundtable), but the program committee reserves the right to offer an alternative type of presentation to meet the needs of the conference program.
  • Original abstracts are preferred. However, abstracts that have been previously published or presented prior to submitting to APSNA will be considered.
  • Submission of an abstract constitutes a commitment by the author to present a poster/oral presentation at the APSNA Annual Scientific Conference, if accepted.
  • The abstract itself may not exceed a word count of 250, including tables. The 250 word limit does not include title or author(s) information.
  • Preferred style: Examples of winning abstracts are included below. An acceptance criteria rubricis found below. Abstracts must include the following section headers:

    Evidence-Based or Original Research heading
    : Background, Objectives, Methods, Results, Conclusions

    Innovation in Patient Care/Case Study/Reports heading
    : Background, Purpose, Design/Implementation, Evaluation/Outcomes, Implications for Practice

  • Industry representatives (i.e. from device/pharmaceutical/food companies) cannot be first author on any submitted abstracts to avoid a potential conflict of interest.
  • When using abbreviations, spell out in full the first mention, followed by the abbreviation in parentheses.
  • Check accuracy of spelling, grammar, and punctuation: Your poster/oral presentation abstract will appear in print exactly as you submit it; thus any errors, misspellings, incorrect hyphenations, or deviations from good grammatical usage will appear in the published abstract.
  • Presenters are responsible for all conference fees, travel, lodging, and cost of presentation material.
  • Deadline for submission is October 2, 2015. Submissions received after this date will not be accepted for review.
  • For questions or additional information please contact Kathy Leack at
  • If you do not receive an e-mail confirmation within 24 hours after submitting your abstract online, it is your responsibility to contact the APSNA Program Chair to make sure we have received your submission.
  • Regardless of acceptance status an e-mail notification will be sent to you on November 13, 2015.

Helpful Links:

  1. APSNA’s Guidelines on How to Complete Educational Forms

  2. Abstract Evaluation Criteria

  3. Develop a Poster and Publish the Manuscript
      > General Session from 2015 APSNA Annual Conference

  4. Designing Scientific Posters
        a.)  APSNA Poster Guidelines
        b.)  Sample / Designing Posters 
        c.)  How to Make a Great Poster 
        d.)  Creating Effective Poster Presentations 
        e)  Poster Template Samples

  5. How to Write an Abstract:
         a.)  How to Write a Quality Abstract