CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

Submission Deadline: 4 November 2020

We know the future is still uncertain, and not knowing what the state of things will be in six, nine, or even 12 months can make once-simple decisions difficult.

We want to assure you that by submitting an abstract for the 32nd International Nursing Research Congress, you will:

  • not be obligated to speak if something in your world changes between now and the conference, and
  • still be considered for presentation if the event shifts from an in-person to a virtual format.

Sigma’s research priorities are the development of healthy communities through health promotion, disease prevention, and recognition of social, economic, and political determinants; implementation of evidence-based practice; targeting the needs of vulnerable populations such as the chronically ill and poor; and capacity development for research by nurses.

Congress Theme

Transforming Global Nursing Research and Scholarship Through Co-Creation, Awareness, Balance, and Purpose

Program Outcome

Encourage creative and collaborative scholarship that facilitates awareness, balance, purpose, and accountability within the global nursing community.

Topics for Submission

Below are possible topics for submission and explanations of the submission categories.

Emerging Technologies
  • Development or utilization of technical innovations which represent progressive advances within nursing and midwifery
  • Integration of technology in clinical, education, research, or leadership
  • Data management and informatics
Interprofessional and Global Collaborations
  • Partnerships to enhance local and global health or educational outcomes
  • Intra or interprofessional collaborative relationships
  • Networking and partnership development
  • Addressing United Nations: Sustainable Development and World Health Organization goals
Advances in Education
  • Innovative pedagogy within nursing and midwifery education
  • Interprofessional educational initiatives
  • Professional development for educators and staff
  • Faculty preparedness and retention
Health Promotion/Disease Prevention
  • Initiatives that address the sustainable development goals or social determinants of health
  • Healthcare interventions that promote health and wellness of individuals and communities
  • Efforts that reduce or prevent chronic diseases and other morbidities
  • Genomics/Genetics
Leadership Initiatives
  • Advancements in global leadership endeavors
  • Innovative leadership strategies
  • Healthcare systems and organizational development
Cultural Context and Care
  • Culturally competent initiatives and practices
  • Initiatives to address cultural and health equity
  • Healthcare environment and provider well-being
Promoting Clinical Outcomes
  • Health and wellness advances in patient care
  • Patient-centered care
  • Disease management strategies
  • Patient and family education, engagement, and activation
Complementary Health Practices
  • Evidence-informed integration of alternative and complementary health practices in the clinical setting
  • Emerging alternative/complementary treatment modalities to augment conventional nursing interventions
  • Thinking outside the box to incorporate a variety of health interventions for symptom management
Global Health Issues and Ethics
  • Integration of global health perspectives in curricula and educational environments
  • Innovative research or infrastructure development to address global health goals identified by the World Health Organization or United Nations: Sustainable Development Goals

Guidelines for Electronic Abstract Submission

As you prepare for submitting, please keep the following items in mind.
Please read through each section carefully prior to submitting an abstract. If you have further questions, contact abstracts@sigmanursing.org.

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Please note: Peer reviewers will be using a rubric to review your abstract submission. See the abstract rubric for more information.

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General Information
  • Note: Peer reviewers will be using a rubric to review your abstract submission. See the abstract rubric for more information.
  • Completed work or projects may be submitted for either oral or poster presentation. If the work or project is not yet complete, the abstract may only be submitted as a poster presentation.
  • If successfully reviewed, final abstract acceptance will be conditional upon registration by the presenting author.*

*Please see the Sigma Presenter Acceptance Policy regarding accepted presenters who do not present. Accepted presenters who do not attend will be sent a follow-up letter explaining the policy for “no-shows.”

  • Presenters assume all costs related to travel, accommodations, and other expenses related to their presentation.
  • The primary presenting author should be listed first in the order of authors. All communications will be directed to the primary presenting author only.
  • In addition to the abstract, a profile for each author (contact and biographical information) and conflict of interest form is required.

Please remember to include any and all members of your team or anyone who you may wish to give credit to for the work you are submitting. Once the abstract submission deadline has passed, you may not be able to add authors/presenters to the abstract.

  • Enhanced abstracts, presentation slides, and author information will appear in a compiled Conference Proceedings electronic file which will be uploaded to the Sigma Repository.
  • Sigma is committed to worldwide collaboration. Please include global implications as relevant to your work.
Submission Process
  • Abstracts can only be submitted in English.
  • Abstracts should be between 300-1,500 words. The title, presenter information, learning objectives, and references should not be included in the body of the abstract. In-text citations, however, are appropriate. Full references are required in an additional field.
  • The use of a word processing program, rather than the submission form, is recommended for composing the abstract. Please check spelling, word count, and conformation to the guidelines prior to copying the abstract onto the submission form.
  • All abstract and presentation materials must be in compliance with international copyright laws. 
  • Abstract title, content, and presentation focus should be original (not previously published or presented). We recognize that a study, project, or work may yield multiple findings and subsequently several original publications or presentations. To be eligible to present, submissions must contain an original title, abstract text, and subsequent presentation content (i.e., different view, perspective, or focus).
  • Submission Due Date:  Submit all abstracts no later than 11:59 p.m. (2359) Eastern Time on 4 November 2020.
  • An email with submission ID # and a password will automatically be sent to the email included on the first page of the submission once the first page has been submitted. The link within this email can be used to access the submission at any time prior to the submission deadline. The ID # will be used for uploading the PowerPoint presentation if the abstract is accepted for presentation.
  • An individual may submit more than one abstract; however, if successfully reviewed, only one oral and one poster submission will be accepted for presentation in a given category (Research Sessions or Evidence-Based and Translational Science Sessions).
  • Abstract submissions that are incomplete after the submission deadline will not be eligible for presentation and will no longer be accessible by the authors.
  • Email confirmation of completed abstract submissions will be sent to the primary presenting author only upon receipt of the complete submission.
  • Email notification of abstract acceptance will be sent to the presenting author only by the end of December 2020.
  • The authors’ failure to return the “intent to present” information will disqualify the abstract from presentation.
  • PowerPoint presentation must be uploaded by the identified deadline. No audiovisual (A/V) capability will be available for any presentation that is not uploaded by the deadline.
Submission Guidelines

A complete oral or poster presentation submission includes the following:

Title Step

  • Title (Maximum of 15 words)
  • Submitter's Email Address
  • Abstract Describes (Select “Completed Work/Project” or “Ongoing Work/Project”)
  • Preferred Presentation Format/Platform/Category
    • This is the format in which the author prefers to present.
      • Poster
      • Pecha Kucha
      • Oral (eligible for completed work only)
      • Either (eligible for completed work only)
    • This is the platform in which the author prefers to present.
      • In-Person
      • Virtual
      • No Preference
    • This submission is applicable to the following category:
      • Clinical
      • Academic
      • Students
      • Leaders
      • Researchers
  • Abstract Summary (Please provide a brief description of the educational activity. This will be for use in promotional materials, such as event brochures or marketing materials, if the abstract is accepted. This should be a short [minimum of 25 words, maximum of 50 words], compelling description of the abstract that describes what participants should expect by attending the session.)

Keywords Step

  • Enter three (3) keywords or phrases that relate to the topic, practice setting, and/or target audience. 
  • Three (3) keywords are required.

Abstract Text Step

  • The abstract should be a minimum of 300 words and not more than 500 words.
  • We suggest that abstracts be developed in a word processing program before accessing the online submission form. Use the spell check and word count features of your word processor to check the text of the abstract before submitting it. There is no need to shorten lines so that they fit inside the box; the text will wrap automatically to fit.
  • Please remove all references to the title and author information on the abstract before completing the submission.
  • Authors should review the information submitted very carefully for spelling, punctuation, and grammatical errors. It will not be possible to change any information in the abstract once it is uploaded and posted to the Sigma Repository.

Bibliographic References Step

  • Recommended references should include more than five scholarly references (e.g., science journal articles, books). References should be recent and/or appropriate for the abstract (references should be no older than five years, unless they are a seminal work). A clear, consistent format (i.e., APA, Harvard, MLA, etc.) with less than one error should be used. It is recommended to copy and paste from a word processing program to maintain formatting. If no references are available or used, please list “N/A” in this field.

Author Step

This is the step where all authors or contributors should be listed. No additional authors can be added after the submission deadline.

  • Search by email address of first author.
  • If email address found, click the radial button next to the appropriate name and click "select" to choose or "select and edit" to choose and edit the information currently in the system.
  • If email address is not found, input all author information as follows:
    • Given and Middle Name or Initial
    • Surname/Family Name
    • Credentials (List the highest degree per discipline. If you have more than one degree in a single discipline, list only the highest degree. If you are a student nurse and have not completed a degree at this time, please put “SN” in this field.)
    • Education
      • Undergraduate student
      • Diploma
      • Associate's
      • Baccalaureate
      • Master's
      • Doctorate
      • I am not a nurse.
    • Email Address (Should already be completed with the address input to search for author)
    • Alternate Email Address (Not required, but helpful if there are any issues with receiving email on the first email address from a bulk mail server)
    • Sigma Chapter (If you are a member, please select your primary chapter only.)
    • Author Summary (Provide professional expertise as a speaker introduction. This would be read aloud prior to the session or printed in brochures or marketing materials and should be written in third person. This should include what you would want your audience to know about you that relates to the educational content you are about to provide. Your summary should be short [minimum of 25 words, maximum of 75 words] and specific to your professional background.)
    • Institution/Organization Name
    • Position Title
    • Department/Group
    • Address (two lines available)
    • City
    • State/Province
    • ZIP/Postal Code
    • Country
    • Phone Number
    • Fax Number (if applicable)
  • If additional authors are needed, click the "Add New Person" button under the table where name is shown and repeat the above steps.

Participant Agreement Step

  • This is the standard form that all authors complete.
  • Based on past questions staff have received, the statement regarding original work is applicable only if the title and abstract being submitted are different from what has been previously published or presented.

Disclosure Step

  • Each author must complete a conflict of interest disclosure form.
  • A link to complete the form will be sent to each additional author when added as a contributing author to the email address provided to the system.
  • Do you have a conflict or perceived conflict based on information provided on the screen? Respond yes or no. If response is yes, a table appears for completion to explain the conflict.
  • All disclosures must be completed to be considered a complete submission.
  • Click “Save and Continue” to complete the submission.

Confirmation Step

  • This step is a confirmation of all the materials that were entered into the system.
  • Nothing is required on this page, but it can be printed for authors’ records.
Submit a Presentation

Research Sessions

Research sessions will serve as a networking forum to bring together researchers, educators, administrators, clinicians, and policy makers to address the global health of the world’s people. Through the presentation of research findings, nurses can further the scholarship and healthcare of the populations of the world.

Presentation options include the following:

Oral Presentations:

Individual abstract (20-minute presentation)
To be included in a group of three abstracts around a similar topic grouped together by the program committee from individual abstracts accepted for presentation. A concurrent session is allotted 15 minutes for individual abstract presentation with five minutes for audience questions.

Submit individual abstract

Pecha Kucha Presentations:

What is a Pecha Kucha presentation?
Pecha Kucha (Petch-aa Koo-chaa) is a storytelling format where a presenter shows 20 slides for 20 seconds each. Slides are set up to automatically advance after 20 seconds. In other words, you have 400 seconds to tell your story, with visuals guiding the way. Pecha Kucha means "chit chat" in Japanese. This creative outlet began as nighttime get-togethers in Tokyo in 2003 by two renowned architects. Since then, three million people have attended Pecha Kucha events worldwide.

20 slides. 20 seconds of commentary per slide. That's it. Simple. Engaging. Spurring authentic connections.

Pecha Kucha is the ideal tool to share passions and drop some knowledge. Global innovators use the Pecha Kucha format to create powerful, visually-compelling stories that move audiences in less than 7 minutes. View this video to see an example of how a Pecha Kucha is created.

Learn more about the Pecha Kucha presentation format and see an example of how to create a Pecha Kucha at www.pechakucha.com.

Submit individual abstract

Symposia Presentations: (45-75-minute presentation)

A symposium is a group of at least three (3) individual abstract presentations coordinated by a submitting lead author (organizer) concerning a common topic of interest. Each symposium session is scheduled for a total of 45-75 minutes. Three (3) individual presentations are followed by questions at the end of the concurrent session. Symposia provide an opportunity to present research or evidence-based practices on one topic, often from multiple perspectives, providing a coherent set of papers for discussion.

Submit symposium presentation

Poster Presentations:

A traditional poster session is a single abstract presentation of research, evidence-based, or translational science information by an individual or representatives of research teams with an academic or professional focus. The work is peer-reviewed and presented on a large, usually printed placard, bill, or announcement, often illustrated, that is posted to publicize. It can also be a visual display of completed or in-progress work.

Submit poster presentation

Evidence-Based and Translational Science Sessions

Evidence-based and translational science sessions provide the opportunity for nurses to showcase strategies, techniques, and models for implementing evidence-based and translational science practices.

Presentation options include the following:

Oral Presentations:
Individual abstract (20-minute presentation)
To be included in a group of three abstracts around a similar topic grouped together by the program committee from individual abstracts accepted for presentation. A concurrent session is allotted 15 minutes for individual abstract presentation with five minutes for audience questions.

Submit individual abstract

Pecha Kucha Presentations:

What is a Pecha Kucha presentation?
Pecha Kucha (Petch-aa Koo-chaa) is a storytelling format where a presenter shows 20 slides for 20 seconds each. Slides are set up to automatically advance after 20 seconds. In other words, you have 400 seconds to tell your story, with visuals guiding the way. Pecha Kucha means "chit chat" in Japanese. This creative outlet began as nighttime get-togethers in Tokyo in 2003 by two renowned architects. Since then, three million people have attended Pecha Kucha events worldwide.

20 slides. 20 seconds of commentary per slide. That's it. Simple. Engaging. Spurring authentic connections.

Pecha Kucha is the ideal tool to share passions and drop some knowledge. Global innovators use the Pecha Kucha format to create powerful, visually-compelling stories that move audiences in less than 7 minutes. View this video to see an example of how a Pecha Kucha is created.

Learn more about the Pecha Kucha presentation format and see an example of how to create a Pecha Kucha at www.pechakucha.com.

Submit individual abstract

Symposia Presentations: (45-75-minute presentation)

A symposium is a group of at least three (3) individual abstract presentations coordinated by a submitting lead author (organizer) concerning a common topic of interest. Each symposium session is scheduled for a total of 45-75 minutes. Three (3) individual presentations are followed by questions at the end of the concurrent session. Symposia provide an opportunity to present research or evidence-based practices on one topic, often from multiple perspectives, providing a coherent set of papers for discussion.

Submit symposium presentation

Poster Presentations:

A traditional poster session is a single abstract presentation of research, evidence-based, or translational science information by an individual or representatives of research teams with an academic or professional focus. The work is peer-reviewed and presented on a large, usually printed placard, bill, or announcement, often illustrated, that is posted to publicize. It can also be a visual display of completed or in-progress work.

Submit poster presentation

Contact Us

For more information, please contact abstracts@sigmanursing.org or call 888.634.7575 (US/Canada toll-free) or +1.317.634.8171 (International).