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2022 ISONG World Congress 

Please be sure to refer to the abstract guidelines shown below before preparing and submitting your abstract. 


**If you plan to submit an abstract in a content area in which you already have scholarly publications or presentations, please consider submitting your abstract as an Expert Lecture.**

ISONG Abstract Guidelines 2022

NOTE: This year, two documents need to be completed and uploaded along with your abstract.  They can be downloaded from the abstract submission form and are linked here:

1.  Biographical Information_Relevant Financial Disclosure Form_2022
2.  Gap Analysis_ Education Tables Worksheet_2022

In recent years, these two forms were incorporated into the abstract submission form, but recent changes to the forms from ANCC have made it necessary to have them as separate documents to complete.

Click here
 for a printable copy of the guidelines.

General information

The 2022 ISONG Congress is an annual, scientific nursing genetics and genomics conference, providing a forum for presenting new knowledge and applications in genetics/genomics.

The 2022 ISONG Congress will provide the attendee the opportunity to:

1. Identify the unique contributions of nursing to precision health across the lifespan to foster healthy populations.
2. U
nderstand the use of holistic approaches to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in genomic nursing.
3. Incorporate the concepts of personalized health and well-being in nursing research, education, practice, and policy settings.

For all abstracts:

  • Abstract length is limited to 250 words, excluding headings and title. The Abstract Committee will decline to review abstract submissions longer than 250 words.
  • Abstract submission categories:
a) Research
b) Education
c) Clinical practice
d) Policy
  • Abstract evaluation categories:
i) Research
ii) Application in an educational setting
iii) Application in a clinical setting
iv) Policy
  • NOTE: Please select your abstract and evaluation categories appropriately. For example: your abstract may fall under the “education” category, but the evaluation category may be “application is a clinical setting” (for a clinical education study or project) or “research” (if you are describing educational research).
  • All abstracts must have research results or genomic application outcomes by the time of presentation at the Congress. For case study submissions, relevance to genomic research or genomic clinical care should be evident. Preliminary/Interim data analyses are acceptable.
  • All abstracts must be submitted by the primary author/presenter, who will also serve as the contact.
  • Abstracts submitted to conferences that were cancelled due to COVID-19 circumstances are acceptable.
  • ISONG will accept an abstract for work that has been submitted for publication but has not been published at the time of abstract submission.
  • Content that has been presented elsewhere to a different audience may be submitted if it offers a new perspective or different focus.

Abstract Evaluation Categories

Abstracts may represent a broad scope of genetic and genomic topics, including molecular, big data, psychosocial, education, clinical, and policy perspectives. Please submit your abstract to the most appropriate evaluation category: Research, Application in an educational setting, Application in a clinical setting, or Policy. (See NOTE above.)


  • Appropriate abstracts may represent a broad scope of nursing inquiry, including molecular, big data, psychosocial, education, and clinical perspectives. Research inquiry may be either qualitative or quantitative. Research conducted in clinical or educational settings should be submitted to the research category. An integrative review of the literature (state of the science) will be evaluated according to research abstract criteria.
  • Reviewers will score abstracts based on the following criteria: Originality; scientific significance or merit; appropriateness or adequacy of design/approach and methods; application to the field; and adequacy of description.
  • Suggested headings for research abstracts are:

Purpose: Clearly state the purpose of the study

Design:      Indicate type of study, sample, setting, dates of data collection

Methods:    Describe study measures including interventions, data collection methods, and data analysis

Results: Present study findings

Conclusions: Interpret study findings

Relevance:    Describe implications for nursing practice/research.

Key Words:    List 3-4 keywords NOT in the abstract title

Application in an Educational or Clinical Setting

  • Appropriate abstracts demonstrate application of research knowledge/discovery in an educational or clinical setting. For example, a submitted abstract may illustrate application of educational research or established tools to improve genetic/genomic nursing education (e.g., program application and outcomes). Other exemplars include 1) application of genetic/genomic tools in the clinical setting and quality improvement outcomes in patient care or system processes; 2) application of a synthesis of research about a genetic/genomic-related problem in a clinical setting (evidence-based practice); 3) use of ‘best practices’ within a clinical environment; or 4) case study with implications for genetic/genomic practice.
  • The abstract author(s) must illustrate the background scientific foundation for the application in the clinical practice or education setting.
  • Reviewers will score abstracts based on the following criteria: Innovation/creativity; educational/clinical importance or merit; appropriateness of clinical or educational application approach/program implementation; application to genetic/genomic education/practice; and adequacy of description  
  • In context of COVID-19 crisis: Abstracts related to modifications made/implementation processes restructured in genetic/genomic nursing education, and modifications of genomic clinical care are highly encouraged.  
  • Suggested headings for Application in an Educational or Clinical Setting abstract are:

Purpose/Objective:     Clearly state the purpose of the work

Background/History:  Describe scientific foundation supporting the application of genomics in the clinical practice or education setting

Implementation:         Describe translation/application procedure including clinical or educational setting, planning, intervention (what was done), assessment of implementation outcomes

Outcomes/Takeaways:      Results of genomic application in the clinical or education setting; how this will influence clinical/educational practice, lessons learned

Conclusions/Discussion: Present interpretation of outcomes; recommendations for future knowledge application

Relevance:        Recommendations for genetic/genomic education or clinical practice

Key words:  List 3-4 keywords NOT in the abstract title


  • Abstracts related to policy may focus on established policies, current policy development, or policy advocacy. Examples include implications of current policies around genetics/genomics (i.e. societal, population, economic, health indices), global and national policy development initiatives, and evolving genetic/genomic issues with resulting need for policy development.
  • In context of COVID-19 crisis: Abstracts related to policy changes, policy development initiatives around genetics/genomics and lessons learned are highly encouraged. 
  • Reviewers will score policy abstracts based on the following criteria: Originality; significance or merit; adequacy of policy analysis, initiative, process, approach, or change implementation; application to genetic/genomic nursing; and adequacy of description  
  • Suggested headings for policy abstracts are:

Introduction/background:                                Frame or contextualize the issue
Issues & challenges/problem statement: Identify problem to be solved
Policy options and analysis:                            Enumerate, describe and compare options 

Recommendations/actions:                          Select best option and defend selection or describe actions taken on policy initiatives 
Key words:                                                     List 3-4 keywords NOT in the abstract title

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