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2018 Abstract Submission Instructions

updated 10-24-17

Instructions for the submission of abstracts

The deadline for the receipt of abstracts has passed.

  1. All are welcome to submit an abstract for the 27th Annual APSNA Scientific Conference. Membership is not required for submission, selection, or presentation.
  2. Abstracts are to be completed and submitted online via the APSNA website.
  3. Only fully completed abstract submissions will be reviewed.
  4. All submissions undergo blinded peer-review by three members of the APSNA Program Committee.
  5. Notification of abstract acceptance will be no later than October 29, 2017.
  6. Confirmation of acceptance by primary author is required by November 6, 2017.


MENTORING is available (pre-submission) for abstract authors. Contact the APSNA Director of Program 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/short oral, round table, or general session). 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.

  • 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
  • Authors are asked to 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.
  • When using abbreviations, spell out in full the first mention, followed by the abbreviation in parentheses.
  • We highly suggest finishing your submission in one sitting, however, you can use the "Save and Continue Later" feature within the Abstract Submission Form. It is important to note the expiration date when saving and be sure to revisit the form from the same computer and browser where you began the form.
    • Note: The abstract submission form has been tested with Internet Explorer and Firefox for Windows PC’s, as well as Safari and Firefox on MAC. You may experience difficulties in different or older versions of browsers.
  • Industry representatives (i.e., from device/pharmaceutical/food company) may submit an abstract. Conflict of interest must be stated. CNE contact hours may not be provided.
  • Submission of an abstract constitutes a commitment by the author to present a poster/oral session at the APSNA Annual Scientific Conference, if accepted.
  • Presenters are responsible for all conference fees, travel, lodging, and cost of presentation material development.
  • Deadline for abstract submission is October 23, 2017. Submissions received after this date will not be accepted for review.
  • Secondary Authors: For purposes of APSNA Annual Scientific Conference planning, are defined as:
    • POSTER presentations: all authors listed on a poster
    • ORAL presentations: all co-presenters
    • Identified Secondary Authors/Additional Speakers must fill out biographical and conflict of interest form
  • If you do not receive an e-mail confirmation within 24 hours after submitting your abstract, it is your responsibility to contact the APSNA Director of Program to make sure we have received your submission.
  • Regardless of acceptance status, an e-mail notification will be sent to you on or before November 6, 2017.
  • For questions or additional information please contact APSNA Director of Program

Helpful Links:

  1. APSNA’s Guidelines on How to Complete the Online Abstract Form
    1. APSNA’s Guidelines on How to Complete the Online Abstract Form Including Educational Design
  2. Abstract Development
    1. Writing a Conference Abstract
    2. Writing Abstracts and Developing Posters for National Meetings
  3. Creating Learning Objectives
    1. APSNA’s Developing Learning Objectives Tool
    2. NAPNAP Guidelines for Continuing Education (refer to Appendix A – page 24)
    3. Creating and Writing Learning Objectives
    4. Writing Objectives Using Bloom’s Taxonomy
  4. APSNA’s Abstract Evaluation Criteria
    1. APSNA Abstract Evaluation Rubric – Original Research
    2. APSNA Abstract Evaluation Rubric – Case Study/EBP/QI
  5. Designing Scientific Posters
    1. Develop a Poster and Publish the Manuscript
      General Session from 2015 APSNA Annual Conference
    2. APSNA Poster Guidelines
    3. APSNA Sample Poster
    4. Creating Effective Poster Presentations
    5. Poster Template Samples
      Template #1
      Template #2