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The Journal of Indian Prosthodontic Society

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How to Write a Scientific Abstract

  • Suhasini Nagda
Abstract on scientific writing
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Scientific publications are an important source of information and knowledge in Academics, Research and development. When articles are submitted for publication, the 1st part that comes across and causes an impact on the minds of the readers is the abstract. It is a concise summary of the paper and must convey the right message. It is a quick overview of the entire paper and giving a gist of the paper and also gives us and insight into whether the paper fulfills the expectations of the reader.

Abstracts are significant parts of academic assignments and research papers. The abstract is written at the end and by this time, the author has a clear picture regarding the findings and conclusions and hence the right message can be put forward.

Types of Scientific Abstracts [1]

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    Descriptive

     
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    Informative

     
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    Structured

     
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    Semi-structured

     
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    Non structured

     

Descriptive Abstracts

This type of abstract is usually very short (50–100 words). Most descriptive abstracts have certain key...

Keywords

Descriptive Abstract Blind Test Bibliographic Reference Important Adverse Effect Informative Manner 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Nair Hospital Dental CollegeMumbaiIndia

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