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2019 Abstract Submission Instructions

Updated 9-24-18

Abstract Deadline


  1. All are welcome to submit an abstract for the 28th 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 by the appropriate deadlines.
  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. All material must be the work of authors listed and appropriately referenced. The submitting author AND secondary authors must provide Conflict of Interest Disclosure information and must read and agree to the COMMERCIAL SUPPORT POLICY OF EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITY, COPYRIGHT GUIDELINES POLICY, AND REMUNERATION/EQUITY – CONFLICT OF INTEREST POLICY.
  6. Presentations should be unpublished, original material, not yet presented at any other meeting.


The current APSNA Call for Abstract acceptance rate is 80%. To ensure abstract acceptance:

  • Make sure your abstract includes results. Whether new findings presented in an abstract are experimental or theoretical, specific results MUST be included. The results, whether experimental or calculated, must be stated in the abstract. You are free to include your latest data in the final poster you present at the meeting, but you must include substantive results in the original abstract.
  • Follow the Criteria for Abstract Evaluation to help you frame your abstract. These criteria may differ according to the type of abstract (Original Research/Scientific Merit or (Case Study/EBP/QI) that you are submitting.
  • Use the helpful links below.


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. PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT THE SAME ABSTRACT FOR MULTIPLE MODES OF PRESENTATION.

  • 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.
  • Industry representatives (i.e., from device/pharmaceutical/food company) may submit an abstract. Conflict of interest must be stated.  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.
  • 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
  • Reference style: APA Reference Style is to be used in text and in the reference list. Useful resources for reference listing can be accessed here:
  • 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.


  1. How to Develop an Award Winning Abstract:
    1. Writing a Conference Abstract
    2. Writing Abstracts and Developing Posters for National Meetings
  2. Creating Excellent Learning Objectives:
    1. APSNA’s Developing Learning Objectives Tool
    2. NAPNAP Guidelines for Continuing Education (refer to Appendix A – page 24)
  3. APSNA’s Abstract Evaluation Criteria (Use these to frame your abstract):
    1. APSNA Abstract Evaluation Rubric – Original Research
    2. APSNA Abstract Evaluation Rubric – Case Study/EBP/QI
  4. 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


MENTORING is available for abstract authors. Please request mentoring when you submit your abstract.


For questions or additional information please contact the APSNA Director of Program.