Intro Blog Post:
Whether you’re coming to the end of your pre-registration dissertation, summarising your doctoral thesis or preparing to submit a manuscript to a journal writing a great abstract is a key skill for researchers to develop. With the deadline for abstract submissions for RCOT 2018 approaching this months #OTalk Research is going to focus specifically on writing an abstract for a research project.
It is easy to think that, because it is such a small word count, it won’t take long to write and it is often left until the deadline is looming. However, don’t be lulled into a false sense of security. Condensing a significant piece of work into just two hundred and fifty words is a real challenge. There is so much that could be said but what to put in and even more challenging what to leave out?
Writing a good abstract requires you to be crystal clear about the message you want to communicate. Whilst the abstract guidance gives you the headings to structure your writing what do you need to include under each heading to ensure that reviewers view your work favourably?
If you are submitting an abstract to present at a conference, given that reviewers are often reviewing a large quantity of abstracts, what do you need to do to stand a chance of your abstract being accepted? Over the course of the talk we will explore some of the following questions:
- Your previous experience of submitting research abstracts
- What are your top tips for writing a successful abstract
- What factors influence your decision on the presentation format (e.g poster, paper, seminar, workshop)
- What do you think reviewers are looking for?
- What are you tips for coming up with a great title?
- How do you decide which names to include and what order they appear in?
- How do you approach an abstract if your work is ‘in progress’ when the call comes out?
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