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Share Your Latest Work at ONS Congress

Maximize the exposure and impact of your important work by submitting an abstract for ONS Congress®. Be a part of this historical event as we celebrate 50 years and continue to transform cancer care.  

Abstracts for the 2025 ONS Congress in Denver, CO will be accepted from August 13–September 26, 2024. Late-breaking abstracts will also be accepted from December 3, 2024–January 7, 2025.

Posters at Congress

What Is an Abstract?

An abstract is a short summary of the work you’ve completed in a project or research study. 

Projects can span from improving patient wait times in infusion rooms, to implementing an evidenced-based algorithm for infusion reactions, and anything in between.  

Research studies are for Institutional Review Board (IRB)-approved work of nurse researchers and those in PhD or DNP programs.  

An abstract includes the background and purpose of the project or study, the methods or interventions used, findings, and a discussion of the results. 

Oncology nurse peer reviewers assess and score abstracts using the ONS Congress Abstract Rubric, coming soon. The highest scoring abstracts are accepted for presentation as oral abstracts or electronic posters. All accepted abstracts are published, as submitted, in the Oncology Nursing Forum.  

View examples of top-scoring abstracts from previous ONS Congress conferences. 

Why Should You Submit an Abstract? 

ONS encourages nurses from all practice settings and levels of experience to share their work through abstract submissions. When you present at ONS Congress, your voice empowers and motivates nurses to improve their own practice.   
As the largest conference dedicated to oncology nursing, ONS Congress is the ideal venue to maximize the exposure and impact of your important work.  

Do You Need Help Preparing Your Abstract?

This quick video provides five tips for submitting a successful abstract.   

Get help from a mentor through the ONS Mentorship Program for Abstract Writers, which pairs novice abstract writers with experienced mentors to guide them through the process. Mentorship requests open in early August.  

Are You Interested in Reviewing Abstracts?

We are looking for volunteers to serve as abstract reviewers for all submission categories. Research study abstract reviewers must be PhD-prepared. This is a great opportunity to volunteer and add to your C.V. 

Frequently Asked Questions

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Abstract Submission

Abstract submissions will be open August 13–September 26, 2024. Late-breaking abstract submissions in the research and industry-supported categories will be accepted from December 3, 2024–January 7, 2025. 

Detailed abstract information, submission information, and an abstract template will be available soon! 

  • General (combines the previous categories of Advanced Practice, Clinical Practice, Leadership, Management/Staff Education, Quality Improvement, and Radiation) 
  • Research (Abstracts submitted to the research category must be rigorous research studies, not evidence-based practice or quality improvement projects.)
  • Industry-supported (non-NCPD)

The primary author must be a licensed healthcare individual and have knowledge of the information being submitted. Abstracts may have up to six authors, but only the primary author receives communication from ONS and is responsible for uploading all information. If the primary author is unable to present an accepted abstract, another person may present in their place; however, the primary author remains the primary contact and is fully responsible for meeting all deadlines and notifying the alternate presenter of any communications received from ONS. This author also will be listed as the first/primary author in the online publication of the abstract in the Oncology Nursing Forum. Please note that authors cannot be changed once the abstract deadline has passed. 

Yes, you can submit a trial in progress. However, you must have enough information to answer all scoring criteria questions. Trials-in-progress abstracts are only accepted as posters, not oral presentations, if scored high enough to make the cut score.

No, ONS does not accept abstracts that have already been presented at another national meeting or previously published. However, if the abstract has been presented at a local conference or has different endpoints or results than what was previously presented nationally, it may be submitted for ONS Congress.   

Abstract Selection and Notification

Abstract notifications for the general call will be sent by November 20, 2024. Notifications for late-breaking abstracts will be sent by February 3, 2025. You may need to check your junk or spam mailbox; the email will come from   

All abstracts are scored and then ranked. A panel then determines a cut score for oral abstracts, posters, and declined abstracts. Abstracts are accepted for oral presentation based on score only and are placed into sessions with other similarly themed abstracts. Posters are presented during moderated poster sessions and are available in the app and on the ONS website. Please note that you can submit your abstract for poster presentation only if desired.  All accepted abstracts are published online in the Oncology Nursing Forum.  

Once an abstract is accepted for presentation at ONS Congress, it may not be presented at another conference until the end of ONS Congress. You may withdraw your abstract from the other conference, or, if desired, from ONS Congress.   

No. Once the deadline for submission has passed, no changes can be made to authorship. 

No. Once you have submitted your abstract and it has been accepted, you are not able to make any changes. However, if accepted, the information in your presentation may be changed, especially if you have new results from your project or research.    

Abstracts can be withdrawn through the abstract submission center prior to the submission deadline. After the submission deadline, please email for any withdrawal requests.