How to write an honest but effective abstract for scientific papers

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Due to lack of training in scientific writing and sometimes unethical practices, abstracts are often poorly written, lack critical information, and sometimes contain spin. An effective abstract provides brief but adequate information on the purpose, procedure, results and implications of a study. This paper discusses the key components of a good abstract, offers recommendations on reducing spin in abstracts, and analyzes three abstracts written by the author with the goal of helping young researchers write honest and effective abstracts.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere00170
Number of pages5
JournalScientific African
Early online date30 Sept 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2019
Externally publishedYes


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