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Get Ready to Submit an Abstract for WOCNext® 2024

WOCNext® 2024 will be hosted in Cleveland, Ohio, the birthplace of WOC nursing. If you are eager to share your insights and research with fellow healthcare professionals, look no further. WOCNext is the perfect event to showcase your work to advance the practice of wound, ostomy, and continence care for optimal patient outcomes.

Whether you’re a seasoned poster presenter or a first-time abstract submitter, this blog will help you prepare and submit an abstract for WOCNext 2024.

Familiarize Yourself with the Abstract Process

Before diving into the abstract submission process, take some time to read the submission guidelines listed on the WOCNext 2024 site. These guidelines provide essential information about:

  • Important deadlines
  • Formatting requirements and references
  • Review process
  • Criteria Scoring
  • Presentation Formats
  • Poster Review

Choose Your Abstract Category

Select the abstract category that best aligns with your clinical work. The WOCNext site lists criteria used to score each type of abstract.

  • Case Study – Authors(s) will present THREE cases that present a clinical challenge managed with a unique solution that pertains to wound, ostomy, continence, or foot care.
  • Practice Innovation – Author(s) will present innovative practice changes that demonstrate a new way to approach a problem that pertains to wound, ostomy, continence, foot care, or professional practice. Quality Improvement projects will be presented in this category.
  • Research Study – The author (s) will present original research focusing on wound, ostomy, continence, foot care, or professional practice.

Review Helpful Resources

We’ve curated resources to ensure you’re well-equipped for the abstract submission process. From presentation tips to sample abstracts that wowed in the past, we’ve got your back every step of the way.

  • If you have an idea for a poster but have never had a successful abstract submission, try our mentoring program! Mentors are not connected to the review process but have had abstracts accepted in the past. Email abstracts@wocn.org to get connected with a mentor.
  • Bite Size Learning CE course demonstrates a step-by-step process for submitting an abstract.
  • PowerPoint presentation details new elements and everything you need to know about the submission process.
  • Guidelines on how to create a poster.
  • WOCTalk podcast episode discusses strategies to develop successful abstracts, common mistakes, how to design posters, and more.
  • 2023 accepted abstracts provide insights from successful submissions to help develop your own compelling submission.

Understand the Various Presentation Formats

The WOCNext Poster Hall fosters an environment of inclusivity where voices from around the world collaborate and exchange knowledge. By exclusively featuring non-CE posters, barriers are minimized, and a diverse range of authors are given the opportunity to share their important work. Eliminating the division between CE and non-CE sections maximizes authors’ visibility and engagement, while simultaneously simplifying the disclosure process.



  • All accepted abstracts will be presented in digital ePoster format. Authors can elect to also present their work as a Paper Poster.
  • There will be a specific time provided for in-person authors to interact with attendees. If an author chooses to attend in person and elects to present their work as an ePoster, they will share a monitor with several other authors.
  • ePosters will be available to view online for a few weeks before and after the conference

Paper Poster

Paper Poster

  • In addition to the ePoster format, at the time of poster acceptance, authors will have the opportunity to elect to display their work in a traditional paper poster format.
  • Paper Posters are displayed on large boards along multiple aisles.
  • Authors will be made aware of specific information about the layout, including a tutorial on poster layout/development.

Oral PresentationsOral Presentation

  • If your abstract is chosen for oral presentation, only the primary author will make the presentation.
  • Time for oral presentations will vary and will be communicated to authors well in advance of the date of the presentation.
  • Authors selected for oral sessions will complete a more robust disclosure process.

Published in a Peer-Reviewed JournalJWOCN

  • In addition to being displayed at WOCNext, authors will have their abstracts published in the renowned internationally evidence-based and peer-reviewed Journal of Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing (JWOCN®). The JWOCN is the official journal of the WOCN Society and is the premier publication for wound, ostomy, continence practice, and research.

Your valuable work is important and should receive the recognition it deserves. Get ready, put your ideas into words, and be a part of the dynamic exchange of knowledge at WOCNext 2024!

Starting Tuesday, September 5 through Wednesday, November 1, 2023, you will be able to submit your abstract(s) to be eligible to present at WOCNext 2024! Visit wocnext.org/abstracts for more details and to get ready to start your submission.