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Writing an article abstract

An abstract is usually the first element of an article that the reader will go to, so it's important to get it right. Find all the support you need on preparing and writing an abstract here. 

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What is an abstract?

An abstract is a succinct summary of a larger piece of work that aims to persuade readers to read the full document – essentially, it acts as a shop window, enticing people to step inside.

Typically, abstracts are written to accompany a journal research article or book serial chapter, but you are also likely to be asked for an abstract when applying to write a paper for a conference. In this guide you will find tips to help you prepare for both. They include specific guidelines on how the abstract should be written and presented, including a maximum word count. 

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