Conclusions and reflection
Effective conference abstracts
There is an increasingly wide range of scientific conferences in all research disciplines. This has, in turn, stimulated a rise in the number of conference abstracts submitted by researchers wishing to disseminate aspects of their research or examples of innovation and good practice. As a result, the process of selecting abstracts is becoming more competitive and members of scientific panels have to make harsh judgements about which papers to accept and include in their conference programmes. Whilst this is clearly an indication of a mature research-based discipline, it does mean that a successful abstract submission requires meticulous planning and developing a writing style that is clear, succinct and informative.
The aim of these learning materials is to review the essential stages of developing a strategy for writing a conference abstract that increases the chance of acceptance. The text is taken from the paper "Planning, developing and writing an effective conference abstract" by John Albarran (2007), published in the British Journal of Cardiac Nursing, Vol 2 No 11, and is used here by kind permission of the publishers, MA Healthcare Ltd.
Author: John Albarran, Reader in Critical Care Nursing, University of the West of England, Bristol