- American Physical Society Sites
- Meetings & Events
- Policy & Advocacy
- Careers In Physics
- About APS
- Become a Member
Don’t let their small size fool you, titles and scientific abstracts pack a punch! Your title and abstract are a brief summary of a paper or presentation. Often, this is the first chance you have to make an impression on the audience, and the basis for whether they decide to attend your presentation or read your paper.
Before you start writing, think about the big picture. What is the relevance of your project? What is the context in which you will present your work? How does your project fit into the broader scope of the meeting or journal you are submitting to? Use the answers to these questions as the framework.
Crafting Effective Titles
When crafting an effective title, be sure that it:
Parts of an Abstract
Good abstracts include many of the parts of a paper, condensed or simplified to the most essential information:
A few helpful hints to keep in mind: