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Search-friendly abstracts.

By bioexact, Dec 2 2014 08:45PM

Abstracts are seen first by potential reviewers and will be freely accessible to the public if your manuscript is published. Most importantly, they are targeted by search engines so they must contain the essential key words of your article.

The title should be written to encourage further reading of your study. It should aim to be around twelve words long and clearly describe the core research. Start by listing the essential keywords and then arrange them into a meaningful sentence. At least six or seven of the words in the title should be the descriptive terms used to search for the subject matter.

The abstract itself should also contain as many keywords as possible and be between 100 and 350 words long. Some Journals may state a specific word limit. Abstracts tend to lose their function as a brief synopsis if they are too long. Furthermore, excess words may be omitted by many indexing services. Abstracts for biological journals are usually arranged into background, results and conclusions whilst those in medical journals are normally divided into subtitled sections of background, methods, results and conclusion.

The first couple of sentences should state the precise reasons for the research. State why the work is important and why your research differs from other studies. These first few sentences should entice the reader into finding out more. The next few sentences can describe what methods you used and the results obtained. Finally, wind up the abstract with a concluding statement on why the findings are important.

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