Eugenia Flores-Figueroa and Teresa V Bowman
New Investigators Committee Members
call for abstracts for this year’s ISEH meeting has now arrived! Submissions will be received February 17
through April 11. Time to think about writing up your exciting science; here
are some tips to help you get organized and get noticed.
abstract is a brief summary of a research project written to catch the organizers
attention so they decide if it fits the conference criteria, and it also serves
to attract participants to visit your poster or attend your presentation. A
good abstract begins with good science, do not write an abstract of work that you
have not done or is not completed.
you start writing the abstract, it is important to focus on pre-writing. Ensure
that you have a clear idea of the aim of your study, results and conclusions,
and that the abstract relates to the conference theme (try not to be driven
only by the location of the conference, e.g. Cancun or Paris). Once you pick
the conference, review the abstract format guidelines and deadlines very
carefully. Avoid sending your abstract the last day; you may encounter a
technical problem. If this is your first time writing an abstract, it is always
a good idea to read past conferences' abstracts (most of the time they are
available on the conference webpage or journal); focus on the abstract with
similar methods or subject.
to start typing? The abstract should not exceed the word limit, and within one
or two paragraphs you have to be able to cover your study on a clear, concise
and stylish way. Do not attempt to write the perfect abstract on your first
draft, according to Dr. Kristin
Sainani, the longest part of the process is
pre-writing and review.
At our 2013
annual meeting in Vienna, Dr. Leonard Zon gave us his advice for presenting
your science, that can also be apply to abstracts:
Know your audience
Start with a brief description of the general topic
Second sentence should be the rationale of your work
Present the data
Finish with the use of your research
you present your ideas is crucial; if you are not a native speaker or a good
writer, look for courses online, they are usually free. Dr. Kristin Sainani’s advice
for scientific writing includes:
1. - Cut
the clutter, after you finish writing your abstract, look for unnecessary words,
excessive background and negative sentences. If you find yourself looking for
synonyms to avoid repetition that means your sentence and paragraph need
active voice and strong verbs, avoid using the verb to be, highlight all the
verbs on your abstract and review them. Use active voice.
of punctuation -there is more out there
than points and commas-. A bad use of punctuation can change the meaning of
your sentence; a good use will make your ideas clear and stylish.
last part to evaluate from your abstract is the logical flow of ideas.
the logical structure; can it attract visitors to your poster?
submitting your abstract:
sure it is within the word limit and that authors, institutions and content are
correct. Have someone else approve the abstract and hit the send button!
that your abstract will talk about you and it could be the first impression of
you and your science.
write a good abstract for a scientific paper or conference presentation
Indian J Psychiatry. 2011 Apr-Jun; 53(2): 172–175.
Writing in the sciences. www.coursera.org https://www.coursera.org/course/sciwrite