An Abstract is a short document that is intended to capture a potential reader of your paper. Thus in a sense it is a marketing document for your full paper.
Your abstract should be within the word limit of 200-300 words. The abstract takes the form of a paragraph, usually around 10 sentences. It appears at the top of a journal article, just under the title.
Thus the first rule of Abstract writing is that it should engage the reader by telling him or her what your paper is about and why they should read it. Although strictly not part of your Abstract, the title of the proposed paper is also important. Short attention-catching titles are the most effective. However, it is also important, for a conference paper, to ensure that the title describes the subject you are writing about. We encourage you to limit the length of the title to no more than 12 words.
With regards to the body of the Abstract you need to make a clear statement of the topic of your paper and your research question. You need to say how your research was/is being undertaken. For example, is it empirical or theoretical? Is it quantitative or qualitative? Perhaps it follows the critical research method. What value are your findings and to whom will they be of use?
The Abstract should then briefly describe the work to be discussed in your paper and also give a concise summary of the findings. Somewhere around 5 Key Words are normally required and they should be the words which most closely reflect the content of the paper. Finally your Abstract should not include diagrams and in general references are not required in the Abstract.
Useful information when writing an abstract
During the abstract selection process the following 12 points are used as a guide. We strongly recommend that you ensure your abstract satisfies these points.
- Does the abstract capture the interest of a potential reader of the paper?
- Is the abstract well written in terms of language, grammar, etc.?
- Does the abstract engage the reader by telling him or her what the paper is about and why they should read it?
- Does the abstract title describe the subject being written about?
- Does the abstract make a clear statement of the topic of the paper and the research question?
- Does the abstract say how the research was/is being undertaken?
- Does the abstract indicate the value of the findings and to whom will they be of use
- Does the abstract describe the work to be discussed in the paper?
- Does the abstract give a concise summary of the findings?
- Does the abstract conform to the word limit of 200 to 300 words?
- Does the abstract have between 5 and 10 keywords or phrases that closely reflect the content of the paper?
- Should the abstract be accepted?
Authors who do not follow these guidelines are more likely to have their work rejected.
Abstract Submission Form
The Abstract Submission deadline is 30 November 2019. PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR ABSTRACT USING THE FORM.
You should receive an automatic response that your abstract submission has been made. You will hear from us again by 30 November 2019 once the selection committee has considered all submissions.
If you have any questions about the submission process, problems with this form or if you have not heard about your abstract by 9 February 2020 please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.