Does a project need to be complete to submit an abstract to INANE 2014?

This past week I was at the 7th International Congress on Peer Review and Biomedical Research. It was an intense meeting with dozens of research presentations on all aspects of peer review, ethical issues, and dilemmas confronting editors and publishers. More than once I found myself thinking–and commenting to INANE colleagues who were also at the meeting–“This would be interesting to replicate with nursing journals.”

As that thought occurred to me, I realized that many of us might be undertaking research to present at INANE 2014 next summer. That brought up the question: does a project need to be completed to submit an abstract to INANE 2014? Or, is it okay to submit an abstract for a work in progress (or planned) that will be completed by the time of the meeting next summer?

The short answer: yes, it is okay.

I realize that we are quite far ahead in our planning and call for abstracts. People may very well have ideas for projects that are ongoing or even in an early planning stage. If you anticipate that it will be complete by July 2014, please go ahead and submit your abstract now (remember, the closing date for the call is December 31, 2013). It can be written to reflect anticipated outcomes and then updated closer to the time of the conference with the actual information.

I have had many people contact me about the call, asking about topics and potential presentations. My answer is always the same: the INANE planning committee welcomes presentations and posters on just about anything, as long as it relates to dissemination of nursing knowledge through the published literature. Let your imagination be your guide–our goal is for diversity and variety in all presentations and posters.

If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. The Feedback Form at the INANE website is a quick and easy way to get in touch.

Leslie Nicoll, Chair

INANE 2014 Planning Committee: Peggy Chinn, Margaret Freda, Shawn Kennedy, Lisa Marshall, Jean Proehl, Suzanne Smith

Call for Abstracts for INANE 2014 Now Open!

The Call for Abstracts for INANE 2014 is now open! Please take advantage of this opportunity to share your editing innovations with your colleagues.

INANE 2014 will be held in Portland, Maine from August 4 to 6, 2014. Responding to comments from previous conferences, we have added nine breakout sessions (50 minutes each) plus two sessions (50 minutes) to view posters.

The poster sessions, which were inaugurated in San Francisco in 2011, have been very popular. Unfortunately, due to space limitations, posters were not on the agenda at the recent conference in Cork. We are happy to re-establish this session for INANE 2014 and are looking forward to reviewing abstracts that are submitted. Note that the posters will be table top displays (not bulletin boards); each presenter has full license to utilize their table however they wish to display their materials.

Another frequent comment is a wish for more variety and interaction. We hope that the breakout sessions address this request. Nine sessions are scheduled and we are hoping to receive abstracts that cover topics of interest to editors that we, as a planning committee, haven’t even thought of! We are asking that presenters include interactive activities in their sessions, also as a direct response to past evaluation comments.

The Call for Abstracts is open now and will continue through December 31, 2013. Details on submission requirements, plus the online submission form can be found at the INANE 2014 website. If you have any questions or need more information, please send them directly to the planning committee via the Feedback Form at the INANE 2014 website.