I’ve recently read over 90 abstracts submitted for the Creative Research Methods conference in May – for 24 presentation slots.As a result, I have four useful tips to share with you about how to write a killer conference abstract.
You also want to explain why your findings are of interest to the conference audience. Do they provide support for one side in an ongoing debate in the field?
Could they be a point of inspiration for other researchers?
First, your conference abstract is a sales tool: you are selling your ideas, first to the conference organisers, and then to the conference delegates.
You need to make your abstract as fascinating and enticing as possible. So take a little time to think through some key questions: There may be clues in the call for papers, so study this carefully.
If you want to present at a conference, you'll need to send in an application to the conference organisers.
As part of this application, you will have to include an abstract which summarises the work which you are planning to present.
The competition for getting a conference abstract accepted is rarely as fierce as the competition for getting an article accepted.
Some conferences don’t even receive as many abstracts as they have presentation slots.
Here are our tips on writing an abstract for a conference paper, to give you the best chance of being invited to present.
Use the usual abstract structure The abstract for your paper should be similar to the abstract you would write for a journal article or other academic purpose.