American Society For Nutrition

Abstract Development

Abstract Development

Excellence in Nutrition Research and Practice


An abstract is a short, powerful summary of your research that serves as the first step in further dissemination of your work. It describes the objectives of the study, methods used, major results and interpretation and implications of the results. Abstracts often appear at the beginning of a full-length research paper or may be published as part of a professional meeting. Currently, the American Society for Nutrition has two major meetings where abstracts are presented: the ASN Scientific Sessions and EB and ASN's annual Advances and Controversies in Clinical Nutrition conference.

Getting it Right: Tips for Writing a Scientific Abstract II

Presented on Wednesday, October 21 at 10:00 am ET. This webinar was a review of general guidelines for developing a high quality abstract. Led by ASN volunteer leaders who have years of experience preparing abstracts and reviewing them as well.
Learn from a reviewer's perspective the steps you can take to best showcase your work!

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Additional handouts: How to Submit an Abstract for 2016 and ASN at EB 2016 Abstract Competition Award Information

Getting it Right: The Role of the Abstract Reviewer 

Join your ASN colleagues for a webinar Thursday, October 29 at 1:00 pm ET, that will review general guidelines for reviewing abstracts using the ASN score system developed ASN volunteer leaders. Our speakers not only have experience reviewing abstracts but also helped develop the system ASN put in place. This webinar will discuss how to best use scoring system, frequently asked questions and will also give time to answer any questions you may have. 

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Additional handouts: Abstract review score excel file

Please sign up to be an abstract reviewer using this form: Abstract Review Sign-Up Form.Please choose 1 to 2 categories based on your areas of expertise. Reviewers typically receive up to 15 abstracts to review per category. Thus, if you sign up to review more than one category, you likely will be assigned to review more than 15 abstracts. Ideally, we would like to have 3-4 reviewers per abstract. Students are not eligible to review abstracts. Scores are used for RIS and Council Awards as well as Minisymposia planning.

Webinar Leaders:

  • Christy C Tangney, PhD, CNS, Professor, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL, Past Chair, Aging and Chronic Disease RIS
  • Nurgul Fitzgerald, PhD, RD, Associate Professor, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, Past Chair, Community and Public Health Nutrition RIS

Additional Resources

EB 2016 Abstract Submission Information

EB 2016 Abstract Rules and Guidelines for Abstract Submission

Getting it Right: Tips for Writing a Scientific Abstract

How to Write an Abstract ( 2012 PDF)

PDF of Slides