The abstract is perhaps the most important section of your manuscript for several reasons. First, the abstract is the first section that is read by journal editors when deciding whether to send your manuscript for review. Similarly, once your work is published, it is the first section that is examined by readers; in many cases, it is the only section of the manuscript that they will ever read. This is in part because most literature databases index only abstracts, and access to full-text articles is often restricted. In this way, the abstract emerges as a tool to communicate your research succinctly while highlighting its most important facets. The following article describes how to write a great abstract that will attract maximal attention to your research.
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How to Write an Abstract for a Scientific Paper
Published on 1 March by Shona McCombes. Revised on 7 July An abstract is a short summary of a larger work, such as a dissertation or research paper. The abstract concisely reports the aims and outcomes of your research so that readers know exactly what the paper is about.
How to write and format an APA abstract
By Dr. Saul McLeod , published April 24, An APA abstract is a brief, comprehensive summary of the contents of an article. An APA abstract summarizes, usually in one paragraph of between — words, the major aspects of a research paper or dissertation in a prescribed sequence that includes:. The purpose of the abstract is to give the reader a quick overview of the essential information before reading the entire article.
Published on November 6, by Raimo Streefkerk. Revised on December 21, An APA abstract is a comprehensive summary of your paper in which you briefly address the research problem , hypotheses , methods , results , and implications of your research. Most professional papers that are submitted for publication require an abstract. The abstract is a self-contained piece of text that informs the reader what your research is about.