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The characteristics of the abstract

Successful abstractors possess a thorough knowledge of the characteristics of abstracts. To facilitate this, in this chapter we are going to address the important properties that all abstracts have. The opening subsections consider the length, function and types of abstracts. We will see that these three issues are so deeply interrelated that the order in which they have been considered is almost irrelevant. After these, we will also discuss an important but somewhat different issue: the objectivity of the abstract. Finally, we address the issues related to the author abstract. It is often the subject of debate. As the knowledge and skills related to it are essential to a wide range of our readers, we give ...

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