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American National Standard for writing abstracts

According to the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) (1977), “the term abstract signifies an abbreviated, accurate representation of a document, without added interpretation or criticism and without distinction as to who wrote the abstract” (ANSI, 1977, p. 252).

ANSI (1977) states abstracts should be under 250 words for most papers and no more than 500 words for reports or theses.

Do not use “unfamiliar terms, acronyms, abbreviations, or symbols, or define them the first time they occur” (ANSI, 1977, p.254).

For experimental works, the article details the information to include in the abstract (e.g. purpose, methodology, results and conclusions).

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