The deadline to submit an abstract to Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) 2022 is almost here. As you put the finishing touches on your abstract, make sure you’ve avoided these five mistakes that are often made in writing an abstract. Remember, the key to writing an attractive abstract is to be simple, clear and concise.
1. Lack of Context
Always keep in mind that the reviewer will not be familiar enough with the field of your research. Provide necessary background information and implications of your research in the introduction part of the abstract.
2. To Little or Too Much Data
Presenting too little of your findings will leave reviewers with unanswered questions; on the other hand, presenting all your findings will leave readers confused about the main take-home point. Ideally, limit to highlighting the three main findings of your study.
3. Lack of Conformity
Follow the DDW submission guidelines to ensure it conforms to the format to which the reviewer will be expecting it. Not conforming to guidelines may lead to the abstract being rejected even before the review process.
4. Omission of Part of the Abstract
Always write abstract in a structured form (introduction/background, methods, results, and discussion/conclusion) to ensure no information necessary for the reader’s interpretation is missing or obscured.
5. Too Many Abbreviations
Abbreviations put a strain on readers, as they may forget what it means and must frequently go back to remember. Thus, limit the use of abbreviations as they may turn off readers.