Saturday, September 22, 2012

Abstract (Summary of a Journal Article)

Abstract (Summary of a Journal Article)


Abstract is a brief summary of a project (article/journal article/research article, thesis, review, research report, performance, service project, conference proceeding etc.) instead of full text paper/article that briefly describes the content and scope of project and identifies its (project’s) objective, methodology, finding, result and conclusion. Abstract appears at the beginning of a manuscript.

Abstract length may be varied by discipline and publisher’s requirement. Length of an abstract typically ranges from 100 to 500 words. Standard abstract consists with 100 to 150 words.

Part of an Abstract

Abstract is quite brief summary and should have the following sections/parts. Each section is typically a single sentence and there is room for extension.

1) Motivation
2) Statement of Problem/Research Issue
3) Approach/Method
5) Results/Findings and
5) Conclusion and Recommendation 

Writing an efficient abstract is very hard work. Efficient abstract helps people/readers to read one’s publication with increased interest. We have to include all the components of an efficient abstract.

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