[(Abstracts and Abstracting: A Genre and Set of Skills for by Tibor Koltay (Auth.)

By Tibor Koltay (Auth.)

Regardless of their altering position, abstracts stay worthwhile within the electronic international. hugely priceless to info execs and researchers who paintings and submit in several fields, this ebook summarizes an important and up to date idea of abstracting, in addition to giving suggestion and examples for the perform of writing other kinds of abstracts. The ebook discusses the size, the services and simple constitution of abstracts, outlining a brand new method of informative and indicative abstracts. The abstractors' character, their linguistic and non-linguistic wisdom and talents also are mentioned with distinct attention.

  • Despite the rather huge variety of textbooks at the subject there's no up to date publication on abstracting within the English language
  • In addition to supplying a complete insurance of the subject, the proposed booklet includes novel perspectives - specially on informative and indicative abstracts
  • The dialogue relies on an interdisciplinary method, mixing the equipment of library and data technological know-how and linguistics

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Thus the critique expressed in letters to the editor can be answered and refuted by the author whose work has been criticised. In abstracting journals and databases there is no place for and in principle no possibility for publishing any reaction to criticism. The authors concerned cannot respond to the critical remarks. Researchers thus cannot react to critique expressed in abstracts. The rather obvious conclusion is that 57 Abstracts and Abstracting the only acceptable way to express criticism is not to write an abstract on a given article (Rowley, 1988).

A simple and trivial definition of an abstract’s length is that it has to be shorter than the original otherwise it is 33 Abstracts and Abstracting meaningless to produce one. This approach, nonetheless, is used rarely (Koltay, 2003). A review of the literature by Armstrong and Wheatley (1998) points out that abstracting services often prefer short abstracts for the obvious reason that length affects production and storage costs, as well as printing, binding and distribution costs when paper copies are produced.

Only if the content of the abstract seems relevant will researchers progress to reading the article from which the abstract was derived. The role of abstracts in aiding retrieval received more emphasis with the appearance of databases. Print indexes often did not contain abstracts, while their electronic 39 Abstracts and Abstracting equivalents usually enable their use. In this case the retrieval function acquires even more importance than in a journal, as the abstract becomes a searchable field (Montesi and Urdiciain, 2005b).

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