The components of abstracts

Nina Jamar (Department of Library and Information Science and Book Studies, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia)
Alenka Šauperl (Department of Library and Information Science and Book Studies, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia)
David Bawden (Centre for Information Science, City University London, London, UK)

New Library World

ISSN: 0307-4803

Publication date: 7 January 2014

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study was to examine whether the logical structure of abstracts in the areas of materials science and technology and library and information science comply with the ISO 214 or IMRAD formats, while also suggesting guidelines for components of abstracts.

Design/methodology/approach

In the first part of the research the components of abstracts are analysed. The results showed that not all the proposed structural elements are present in the abstracts. Therefore also the improved prototypes and recommended abstracts are developed to examine the satisfaction of readers with different forms of abstracts. According to the results of satisfaction of readers with different forms of abstracts, uniform guidelines for the components of abstracts in accordance with the IMRAD format are proposed.

Findings

The introduction (I) should include three sentences of background information. The method (M) should include three sentences of method. The results (R) should include three sentences of results. The discussion (D) should include two sentences of conclusions. The conclusions should present the implications of the results on subjects that were not part of the study, suggestions for possible application of the findings, suggestions for further research work and an evaluation of the research.

Originality/value

It is important to emphasize that even if the guidelines for writing abstracts by the individual journal exist, authors do not always take them into account. Therefore, it is important that the abstracts that are actually published in journals were analysed. It is also important that the opinion of researchers was taken into account.

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Citation

Jamar, N., Šauperl, A. and Bawden, D. (2014), "The components of abstracts", New Library World, Vol. 115 No. 1/2, pp. 15-33. https://doi.org/10.1108/NLW-09-2013-0069

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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