How to write an abstract?

To begin with, this post is for my use only. It might serve as a blatant no for the readers of this column which even though I wish I had in thousands are quite few….Image

Anyway, continuing further, I have embarked on a tedious journey and this blog will serve as my flag-post, a constant reminder of major issues that I might forget during this long arduous journey.

I found this nice article on a website (http://bit.ly/1kxrjw0) and am summarising it down;

Abstract has become very important these days, because no one has the time to read your long paper honest but that’s the truth. Unless, you write a few sentences that catapult the reader to jump into its car seat and make a mad rush to the library to read your full paper. Until then, the abstract that you have written is trash. So here are some key-points, that you got to remember, while you sell your paper to the research community!

  1. Motivation: See, you get motivated after you have read something and identified a gap so that gap is your problem statement that you got to write first and post which you write its results. This section should include the importance of your work, the difficulty of the area that you’re studying and the impact that it might have if you are successful.
  2. Problem statement: what’s the problem that you are trying to solve, what is its scope? Please ensure not to use too much jargon
  3. Approach: How did you solve the problem, what important variables did you control, ignore or measure? Did you use simulation, analytic models, prototype construction, or analysis of field data for an actual product?
  4. Results: What’s the answer?

Conclusions: What are the implications of your answer? Is it going to change the world (unlikely), be a significant “win”, be a nice hack, or simply serve as a road sign indicating that this path is a waste of time (all of the previous results are useful)?

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