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Writing an Innovation Abstracts

NISOD’s flagship teaching and learning publication, Innovation Abstracts, is written by practitioners, for practitioners, in community colleges, colleges and universities around the world. Issues are distributed electronically each week during the academic year to NISOD-member colleges.

In any year, a full academic year’s collection of Abstracts features a wide array of topics. Fortunately, we have discovered that each issue of Innovation Abstracts has something for everyone. Although individual issues are written from the perspective of a specific discipline or program, authors often include some flavor of the versatility of the strategies they describe.

Past issues of Innovation Abstracts are a potential author’s best examples of format, language (avoiding jargon), and specifics of style and tone. However, some additional information may be helpful and is included here.

Innovation Abstracts are:

  • Descriptions of a successful program, project, or strategy, including key elements and practical suggestions for improving the community and technical college student experience; or
  • An analysis of a program, project, or strategy that includes description of a problem; description of the program, project, or strategy used to resolve the problem; and the outcomes resulting from implementation of the program, project, or strategy.

Innovation Abstracts guidelines:

  • Innovation Abstracts are original thought pieces and do not have to include citations in the text nor a reference or bibliographic section at its conclusion.
  • Innovation Abstracts are typically written for faculty, counselors, and administrators.
  • Innovation Abstracts should be 1,500 to 2,000 words.
  • Innovation Abstracts should be clear, jargon-free, and include definitions of special terms.
  • Innovation Abstracts should have the potential for easy and inexpensive application in a number of areas.
  • Innovation Abstracts authors are identified by name, academic title, discipline, and institution. A "for further information" byline invites readers to contact the author. Please include the author's email address and college name and mailing address. Please submit articles as email attachments. NISOD reserves the right to make final editing decisions.

Examples of Innovation Abstracts:

Make Connections! Bonding Freshmen, Student to Student

Classroom and Courseroom Teaching: Different Games, Same Rules

Practical Advice: Focusing on the Attentional Needs of College Freshmen

Submit articles and ideas for Innovation Abstracts to abstracts@nisod.org.