At Academike, we expect you to submit an abstract that masters a fine balance between description and information.
If you’re underestimating abstracts, you’re doing it all wrong.
The abstract doesn’t work in isolation. It conveys the crux of your article in a few words. The abstract of your write-up will make the first impression. Messing that up might not take you a long way. Here are three key elements that will come in handy when drafting an abstract.
The Clearer, The Merrier: Pick Your Words Wisely
Thumb rule for drafting an abstract that stands out is clarity. A cluttered abstract can expose the lack of understanding or conceptual clarity of the author or their piece.
Nothing kills an abstract more than unnecessary jargons, phrases and acronyms. Don’t be repetitive. Avoid repackaging stale points by rephrasing them.
Abstracts are Powerful
Abstracts can really make or break it for you. Although you write it after the completion of your central text, nevertheless the abstract deserves equal time, attention and importance as the main piece.
Through an abstract, the reader gets to gage the meaning and intent of your piece. Abstracts help readers decide whether your efforts are worth their time. Try to construct a strong but brief abstract.
Know Where to Stop
Describe the subject or question you attempt to present. Explain what your piece intends to do. Describe the purpose, method or need of your research.
Again, Don’t burden it with information. The information you chose to put in the abstract must be enough to provide a fair idea. Abstracts brimming with unnecessary information can be sloppy and don’t serve the purpose.
Additionally, there is no harm in commenting on the findings, analysis or a critical judgement passed in the body of your work. Provided, you don’t go overboard.