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Publications 2017, 5(2), 11; doi:10.3390/publications5020011

Thirteen Ways to Write an Abstract

School of Psychology, Keele University, Keele, Staffordshire ST5 5BG, UK
Computer Science Department, University of Toulouse, 31062 Toulouse, France
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Academic Editor: Alan Singleton
Received: 1 February 2017 / Accepted: 25 April 2017 / Published: 3 May 2017
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The abstract is a crucial component of a research article. Abstracts head the text—and sometimes they can appear alone in separate listings (e.g., conference proceedings). The purpose of the abstract is to inform the reader succinctly what the paper is about, why and how the research was carried out, and what conclusions might be drawn. In this paper we consider the same (or a similar) abstract in 13 different formats to illustrate the strengths and weaknesses of each approach. View Full-Text
Keywords: key words; structured abstracts; graphical abstracts; video abstracts; readable abstracts; tweetable abstracts key words; structured abstracts; graphical abstracts; video abstracts; readable abstracts; tweetable abstracts

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