Abstracts of all papers should reflect or include:
- Internal consistency of purpose/aims and methods;
- Clarity of presentation;
- Implications and significance of the study/project/theory for the discipline and nursing practice, including recommendations to translate findings into practice.
In addition, the Program Committee will use the following specific criteria when selecting abstracts for podium or poster sessions:
Research papers (including instrument development, other methodological studies and research-based best practices)*:
- Rationale/Conceptual Basis/Background
- Implications for translation to practice/further research
Theory Development/Concept Analysis papers
- Description of theory or definition of concept to be discussed
- Internal consistency of the theory developed; concept analysis approach or process used
- Logic linking the theory or concept to nursing practice or research problem
- Conclusions, including a statement about the utility of the theory or concept for nursing practice or research.
Project/Best Practices papers
- Brief description of the undertaking/best practice, including the approach, methods, or process used
- Outcomes achieved/documented
- Conclusions, emphasizing implications for clinical or educational practices, and recommendations for research or future undertakings
Additional Selection Criteria for Symposium Sessions
Symposiums will be rated as a whole, and each paper in the symposium must be scored high enough to be accepted. Even one low scoring paper will result in a symposium being rejected.
The Program Committee will score symposiums in accordance with the following criteria:
- Individual papers in the symposium, except for the overview, will be scored using the above stated specific criteria for the type of paper submitted;
- The overview paper sets the stage for the symposium;
- The degree to which there is collective clarity of the papers that comprise the symposium;
- The importance of the symposium topic overall;
- The degree to which all of the papers in the symposium fit together.
A word about Literature Reviews as Research
On occasion, abstracts of literature reviews have been submitted. The abstract reviewers have generally not accepted the abstracts since they have lacked scientific merit. To assist abstract submitters, the Program Committee offers this additional information:
- Meta-Analysis involves calculation of a summary statistic (effect size) across empirical studies with the same design (RCTs, descriptive or epi) and research questions.
- Literature Review does not involve calculation of a summary statistic but is based on the reviewers’ conclusions/opinions about the quality, grade or level of evidence across empirical studies. Abstracts for literature reviews must demonstrate a systematic review and include search methodology.
- Meta-Synthesis is used to describe the evaluation of research findings (meta-interpretation), research methods (meta-method), or theoretical frameworks (meta-theory) across qualitative studies.
The methods you used and the results need to be clearly presented as with any research abstract consistent with forms of literature review listed above.
The paper has not been presented or accepted for presentation at a regional or national meeting or accepted for publication by the abstract submission deadline.
Research, projects/best practices, and theory development/concept analysis undertakings must be completed by the abstract submission deadline to be eligible for podium presentation either as individual papers or as part of a symposium. Papers that include statements such as “results will be presented” or “data will be analyzed” or “outcomes will be described” will not be considered for podium presentations. However, these papers will automatically be considered for poster presentation.
In-progress research or projects are eligible for poster presentation. Completed research, projects, and theory development/concept analysis papers are also eligible for poster presentation.