Â Â Â You should maintain certain writing standards while drafting your research paper. Your abstract should Â be as brief as possible but quite meaningful. Here are some common writing styles for your abstract.
- Your abstract should be a single paragraph, and concise
- As a summary of work done, it is always written in past tense
- An abstract should stand on its own, and not refer to any other part of the paper such as a figure or table
- Focus on summarizing results – limit background information to a sentence or two, if absolutely necessary
- What you report in an abstract must be consistent with what you reported in the paper
- Corrrect spelling, clarity of sentences and phrases, and proper reporting of quantities (proper units, significant figures) are just as important in an abstract as they are anywhere else