Review Process and Rules for Submission

The 2015 Call for Abstracts will Open January 1, 2015 and Close February 20, 2015.

All "blind" abstracts are peer-reviewed by a panel of three dietetics professionals with specific experience in appropriate practice areas. Reviewers may not score/evaluate any abstract with which they have affiliation, prior knowledge, or personal commitment.

The Call for Abstracts continues to be a competitive process. After all abstracts have been peer-reviewed and scored, the Academy makes the final selection for poster and Research & Practice Innovation presentations at FNCE®. Generally, around two-thirds of submitted abstracts meet the qualification criteria and are accepted for presentation. The percentage may vary slightly from year to year depending on space availability.

Basis for Review

Abstracts are reviewed on the basis of the following criteria.

Research Abstracts are reviewed on the basis of the following:

  • Research outcome (focus, clarity, justification of the research question),
  • Methods (adequate description of design and appropriateness to the research question),
  • Analysis (analytic procedures appropriate to the data collected and the research question ),
  • Results (scientifically sound, valid presentation and interpretation of the results consistent with research question),
  • Conclusions (appropriate representation of the results consistent with research question) and
  • Overall scientific quality merit of the research and contribution to the science.

Innovations in Nutrition and Dietetics Practice and Education Abstracts are reviewed on the basis of the following:

  • Uniqueness (and potential to improve and enhance practice and education),
  • Relevance to practitioners, educators, students/interns or consumers,
  • Demonstrates favorable outcomes-process data and/or participant feedback and
  • Innovativeness and uniqueness of the proposed presentation format.

The Academy will summarize peer review results and make all final abstract selection decisions. If you have any questions or require additional information, contact Lori Granich, Manager, Professional Development, at Only presenting authors receive correspondence. This correspondence includes a receipt of abstract and final status notification. It is the presenting author's responsibility to notify all coauthors of the abstract status. Receipt of abstract will be e-mailed.

Rules for Submission

Read all the following information before accessing the abstract submission site:

  • Complete and submit all required fields in the online form including the FUNDING SOURCE.
  • Students submitting abstracts must provide the name, e-mail and phone number of their faculty advisor.
  • Abstracts must be original material and may not have been previously published, printed or presented before the 2015 FNCE®. Abstracts found to have been printed, published, or presented prior to October 2015 will be disqualified from presentation at FNCE®.
  • Research results and/or conclusions must be completed at the time of submission.
  • Proofread your abstract carefully. Do NOT rely on computer spell check software only. Any abstracts that have significant typographical or grammatical errors, particularly any in the title, may be disqualified. If accepted, the original Abstract Form as submitted online will be published "as is" in the September 2015 Supplement to the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. All abstract authors will be listed in the Journal supplement.
  • The learning need codes and type of abstract must be indicated. Please indicate the appropriate codes and type of abstract.
  • Submissions must be made by 11:59 p.m. (Central) on Friday, February 20, 2015. NO e-mailed or faxed abstracts will be accepted. Abstracts that do not comply with these instructions will not be reviewed.

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