How to write a compelling scientific/technical abstract?

  1. Title: Have an interesting title that gives readers a brief insight into what the abstract or the work is about. Try writing in the present tense if possible.
  2. Introduction/Background: Not every reader going through an abstract should be knowing the domain area where the work has been done. So, the introduction should highlight what the work is about and what is the underlying motivation to carry out the work. Basically, relaying a story and describing the main characters and where they came from.

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Sayane Shome

Sayane Shome

Graduate student,BCB program,Iowa StateU; RSG Committee Chair and Executive team member,ISCB-SC.