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 teacher

Hannah Foreman

Publisher, Elsevier

Hannah Foreman was Senior Publisher of Mathematics at Elsevier until 2017. With more than 10 years' experience in communications and public relations roles, she now works as a freelance marketing content strategist for the publishing industry. Hannah has a professional and academic background in European business and speaks four languages.