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Though brief, titles and scientific abstracts may be the most important part of your paper or presentation. As an initial summary of your research, they are the first chance you have to make an impression on your 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: