Abstract Preparation

NCONL Research Committee, July 30, 2019

Writing an Effective Research Abstract

The purpose of an abstract is to summarize a body of work such as a conference presentation or a research paper. Most calls for abstracts for research conferences or journals will have specific guidelines. For example, headings, number of words, and so forth.

Abstracts should be succinct and to the point and give the reader a snapshot of the important ideas presented in the work. Abstracts generally include a title, the purpose of the study, research problem, methods, findings and conclusions.

There are a number of scholarly articles that can help guide you as you write your abstract. Included here is a list of publications to get you started:

Billings, D.M., Kowalski, K. Feysteinson, W.M. & Stankus, J. (2019). How to develop an outstanding conference research abstract? Nephrology Nursing Journal, 39(4):307-311.

Bliss, D. (2012). Writing a successful research abstract. Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing, 39(3):244-247.

Frazier, A. (2012). How to write and effective conference abstract. Emergency Nurse, 20(1):20- 31.

Pearce, P.F. & Ferguson, L.A. (2017). How to write abstracts for manuscripts, presentations and grants: Maximizing information in a 30-s sound bite. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 29(8):452-460.

Russell, C.L. & Ponferranda, L. (2012). How to develop an outstanding conference research abstract. Nephrology Nursing Journal, 39(4):307-311.

Vrijhoef, H.J.M. & Steufen, L.M.G. (2007). How to write and abstract. European Diabetes Nursing, 4(3):124-127.