An abstract should be a concise distillate or synopsis of the work being reported and must emphasize what was done, how it was done, the results obtained, and how the author interprets them. In most instances, the organization or publication to which the abstract is submitted defines its length (usually one standard-size, double-spaced typewritten page, i.e., approximately 200 to 250 words), and that limit is inviolable. This required brevity precludes all extraneous material.
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