Medical Writing Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes Manuscript Writing

Volume 21, Issue 4 - Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes

Manuscript Writing


Help, I can't shorten my abstract! Oh, yes you can (Part 2 of 2)

Abstracts may be the most important part of a manuscript because they are often the only part that is read and used as an information source, and because they are also used by readers and editors to decide whether to read the full article. Abstracts need to be complete, concise, and interesting. This is complicated by strict length and format limitations.

This is the second of two articles that show you how to shorten an abstract. The accent of these two articles is on preparing informational and descriptive abstracts for publications, but these considerations also apply to conference abstracts. The first article described how to shorten abstracts by eliminating unnecessary content and using plain language. This second article describes how to use linguistic devices to reduce the word count.



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Passing the torch
Message from the President
Obesity: When weight becomes unbearable
Genetics and environmental factors in obesity and diabetes: Complex problems, complex solutions
New treatments for type 2 diabetes
Is exercise physiology a real science?
What is the best quality of diabetes care? The Global Diabetes Survey needs your participation
The importance of Health Research in Horizon 2020: Diabetes as a model of a chronic disease and the need for sustainable funding
Is anyone stealing your articles? Exploding copyright myths
Paragraphing (Part 1 of 2)
Improving patient communication by writing with empathy
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Journal Watch
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Medical Journalism
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