How to write an abstract and improve your article

About this module

There are plenty of good reasons why you should invest time and energy in writing your abstract. It will form the basis for several key decisions: whether an editor sends out your submission for review; whether the reviewer accepts that review invitation; and whether other researchers read your published paper. Unless your article is open access, the title and abstract are the only elements freely available to everyone. Don’t forget, the more your article is read, the greater the chance it will be cited in further research papers! So, getting your abstract right is important.

In this interactive module, we answer common questions from early career researchers including what is the ideal length for an abstract? How much detail should I include? And, what kind of language works best?

You will come away with an understanding of the role the abstract can play in your paper’s success and the actions you can take to ensure it is the very best it can be.

About the presenter

Hannah Foreman
Hannah Foreman

Publisher, Elsevier

Hannah has 15 years’ experience in the STM publishing industry working directly with researchers, journal editors, reviewers and academic societies. As Senior Product Manager for the Journal Finder, Hannah is responsible for ensuring researchers can easily and quickly find the right home for their research first time around. This includes helping researchers to define and build a publishing plan during the pre-submission phase and making sure that if a researcher does find their manuscript is not accepted for publication at a journal, then a suitable alternative transfer option is offered.