Abstracts are like saddling up your horse before a long ride down the submission trail. Done correctly, it will be a smooth journey. Because we’re real friendly here in the south, I’m sharing some free resources to drive your abstract to the greenest pastures. Now giddyup.

  1. Make a Great First Impression: 6 Tips for Writing a Strong Abstract
    • Six points for great abstract writing, taking you step by step through the process.
  2. How to write a good abstract?
    • Four main questions which must be answered in your abstract.
  3. Structured Abstracts: What are structured abstracts?
    • Details for writing a structured abstract including standardized formatting information.
  4. Writing a Research Abstract
    • Detailed instructions and example format in a downloadable Word document.
  5. How to write an abstract that will be accepted
    • Abstract reviewers share tips and considerations for crafting and submitting abstracts for publication.
  6. 10 Good Abstract Examples That Will Kickstart Your Brain
    • Sample abstracts with commentary as to what makes them stand out as exceptional.
  7. Abstracts, The Writing Center at UNC
    • From general information to detailed formatting advice, this site covers the basics.
  8. Writing a Research Abstract
    • Quick rundown of the abstract writing process with bonus scientific abstract checklist.
  9. A 10-step guide to make your research paper abstract more effective
    • The ten steps are brief and to the point, but you can also watch the video at the end which summarizes the article in three minutes.
  10. How-To(sday): How to Write a Paper or Conference Proposal Abstract
    • Guidance on writing an abstract for a paper you have yet to write.
More golden writing advice here:

Writing in Academia: An Interview with Helen Sword

Write Like a Boss: 5 Minutes to Better Science Writing

8 Reasons I Accepted Your Article

The Write Rules

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