Art of Abstract Writing

What makes you go to the theater and watch a complete movie? It’s the “movie’s trailer”, that, of course, leaves such a magnetizing effect that you get heaved towards the theatre. Same is the role of abstract in a research paper; an abstract provides a brief description of the entire research, highlights main points and summarise the overall crux of the paper. In a nutshell, the abstract is the face of any research work both its pre and post publication. Elucidating this a well framed abstract decides the rejection or acceptance of the paper at first sight, as many journal boards go through the abstract only to check further evaluation of the write-up pre its publication. Similarly, post publication readers focus on the abstract to check what is there in the paper, even in any electronic search abstract add face value to the journals.
Furthermore, below mentioned are some key points that can guide you to make your research abstract more interesting and engaging:
Follow the format –A chronological manner of the abstract is always and universally appreciated. Introduction, body, methodologies, result, and conclusion is a systematic format that makes your abstract contented and contextual. It is a simple layout of the entire paper and thus should be drafted in a way that delivers every single, yet important relative information.
Problem identification –Research means to investigate the solution of the problem and so it is necessary to mention the same in the abstract too. What is the problem, what is the research gap, how the data are collected and research methodologies used theoretical and scientific findings and how the findings are logically connected with the identified problems?
Including above points, an abstract is framed within 200-300 words approximately. Consequently, below mentioned are some points that concrete the abstract –
An abstract is generally written after writing an entire research paper so that one is aware of all the highlights and can summarize it well.
Do not write about any particular part of the paper; rather incise a descriptive, relative, informative, engaging yet systematic abstract. That, of course, should cover entire study within its span and should be attention-grabbing too.
Make sure that any such point which is not mentioned in the paper, undefined abbreviation, and unnecessary information is not present in the abstract. Do not repeat any point just for the sake of increasing your word count also being simple and informative is more important rather than being flowery and perplexing.
Remember, that writing abstract is an art of compiling your entire research work in a defined limit.

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Puneet Chadha
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Puneet Chadha is the first generation entrepreneur and have founded companies like ELK Education Consultants Pvt Ltd and EMarketz India Pvt Ltd. He is keenly interested in doctorate research assistance, open access journals, digital marketing and web technology. He has mentored over 120 PhD candidates in US and Canada in the last five years. He is a renowned speaker on digital marketing and open access research publishing and has attended 50 workshops on these themes.

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