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What to write in an extended abstract

Here's a suggestion as to what an extended abstract should contain:

  • Background - A little history about who's done what and how your work fits in with it.
  • Aim - What you're trying to tell the audience that they don't already know (e.g. Your story.)
  • Method - Why the audience should believe that the results you've got aren't made up or flawed
  • Results - Evidence that you've come up with that confirms your story
  • Conclusion - Recap of your story and its implications
  • Limitations - Why someone might doubt your story and what you've done to get rid of as much doubt as possible.

What if I'm presenting a review of my progress to date and I have no original research?

Method = literature survey.
Results = what you've read.

Note: It is really important that you have a story. A list of what you've read is not good. An analysis of what you've read is good as you can tell the audience something they don't already know.

An imperfect example of an extended abstract

Further Reading
Koopman (1997) "How to Write an abstract"