How to write a good abstract in a research paper?


The abstract is a precise summary of the entire research paper. It should entice the reader into reading the full paper, so authors spend substantial amount of time and effort into crafting an abstract that provides a gist of the entire experimental study.

In conferences, an abstract is presented to keynote speakers and reviewers. They judge the entire quality of a research paper only on the basis of the abstract. If the abstract is good, the entire paper would be selected for presentation to the audience. An abstract is considered as an indicator of the quality of content in a research paper.

Let’s understand the purpose of writing a good abstract for a scientific research paper. An abstract should provide a brief overview of the entire research paper. A reader must be provided with the following content: background, objective, methods, results, and conclusion.

In general, an abstract has to be not more than 250 to 300 words. The objective should state clearly what was the motive of conducting the research study. The methods should describe how the experimental research study was conducted. The results should mention the novel findings of this study. Finally, the conclusion must state the significance of the research study.

In general, just two to three sentences must be included in the background of the study. They should effectively guide the reader into the investigational methods used in the study. Next, the objective of the study should not be more than one sentence in length. Thereafter, the methods section should clearly describe the research study design.

The results section must be written in detail and include all the important information about the findings in the study. It is the longest section of the abstract; however, the word count limit of the abstract must be kept in mind while writing the results. Finally, the conclusion of the abstract should include the three important components: the significance of the study, additional important findings, and the perspective of the study.



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Researchers may be well versed with experiments and results, but writing an introduction and discussion is not easy in a research paper. Do you know that research grants of novice authors are based on how well crafted is the conclusion? Well, all these doubts and issues will be clarified by Professor Mario Garcia Lee in Seoul, Korea. He is a well-established researcher who has published more than 2,500 papers in international peer-reviewed journals. Come, let’s understand the craft of writing scientifically, concisely, and precisely.

Harrisco’s academic writing workshops are of 2 hours, 4 hours, and 8 hours duration. The registration fee is nominal at 50$, 100$, and 150 $. Not only does the speaker guide you through the mechanics of writing a scientific paper, he also teaches you to identify citations of related studies and how to present them well in your introduction section. Writing an abstract is an art as well as a skill that will be taught intensely in the academic writing workshop. Moreover, the speaker will also teach how to control the tone and diction of the content through proper word choice. Besides, citing well-known references will only increase the impact of the paper.

In an academic paper, it is not just enough to write a good abstract, introduction, and methods sections. One needs to understand that the methods section should focus on the visualization of the experiment. Moreover, the logical flow of ideas should be interesting enough to the readers and also lay the background for the presentation of results and conclusions.

The conclusion should not merely summarize the findings of the experiment, it should lay stress on the novelty of the findings and help the reviewer understand the significance of the research study. The workshops would be online webinars and would be relayed to participants through Zoom. We are offering a 10% discount to all participants that register through our marketing partners and website.