Most of the series will focus on how to write full research papers for publication, but this opener is going to consider a rather different form of publication- the conference abstract. Conference abstracts are tricky things to write and suffer from a number of common problems. Many of these can be overcome with clever writing but others really require more of a change of mindset. Most abstracts are prepared at the last minute. Authors tackle the challenge of writing a conference abstract in a totally different way to a paper.
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Conference presentation references
Published on February 28, by Shona McCombes. Revised on October 13, An abstract is a short summary of a longer work such as a dissertation or research paper. The abstract concisely reports the aims and outcomes of your research so that readers know exactly what the paper is about.
Conference Presentation References
Now we turn our focus to writing abstracts for conference proceedings. Although there are some similarities between these two types of abstracts, there are also some distinct considerations and approaches for conference abstracts. As with journal articles, the abstract for a conference should be a stand-alone summary of the full information you want to present at the conference.
It does not only say something about the paper you are proposing, but also a lot about yourself. An experienced evaluator giving his time for the tedious process of paper selection will attentively study your proposal, but will at the same time read quite a few things between the lines: the enthusiasm you have for your topic, the professionalism with which the proposal has been drafted, the respect you show for the event you are applying for. Respect for the event is expressed by a verifying if your topic really fits the call for papers; b limiting yourself to the word count that is indicated by the organisers; c following the instructions on how to format the proposal; d including all the additional information required such as basic personal data, keywords, exact level of study, etc. A good abstract provides an idea of why the original research this paper is based upon provides an added value to the conference and the ongoing dialogue in the field.