Why Should an Abstract Be Crisp

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We live in a world characterised by short attention spans and constantly diverted attention. Most people complain of a lack of time and there is always too much to do in too little time. In such pressing circumstances, a lot of the writing work we do needs to be crisp, to the point and precise.

What is the purpose of an abstract? An abstract by its very definition is a selection or summary of a much larger work. The abstract should ideally be able to sum up the main points of the work in a brief manner.

A good abstract also conveys the essence of the larger research. It should be able to succinctly sketch out the main arguments of the study which is being performed. Before setting out to write your abstract, think about the larger points that your research is trying to make. Consider the most important ideas that you seek to convey. The abstract need not explain these ideas, but can mention or cite them. The explanation can follow in the body of your research. By citing the most important ideas, the reader gets a sense of whether they want to spend more time on reading your research.

Hence it is important that abstract should be well written in terms of language, coherence and style. A well written abstract draws the reader and induces them to read the main body of your research, and this should be your larger aim. You supervisor at any given time has a large number and volume of documents to read. You make the supervisor’s task more interesting by writing a research abstract which is crisp, yet elegant. An abstract is usually written after your research is done.

Once your research is over, you are well-versed with various areas of your study. However, you can also write a draft abstract prior to embarking on your research to clarify your own thinking process. However, the final abstract that you submit must be revised and reflect the final research findings.

Once your abstract is ready, you can easily communicate the main ideas of your research very efficiently and easily. If someone asks to see your research, you can show them your abstract as a good starting point.

The aim of any scholar is also to disseminate their research. This implies presentations at conferences and seminars. However, to present, you research has to be selected. Candidates are usually asked to send their abstracts on the basis of which the selection committee decides whose paper will be presented. A crisply written abstract in this case will certainly be in your favour.

Further, if you are trying to get your work published, publishing houses and publishers usually ask to see abstracts first. If your abstract is well-worded, lucid and engaging, your chances of getting published increase. Nobody has either the time or the patience to pour through a lengthy abstract which lacks in structure and fails to summarize the main ideas of the research.