Characteristics of An Abstract
- One paragraph of text, typically 200-300 words long.
- A summary of the entire poster.
- Organized into four distinct sections that appear in order: Introduction, Materials & Methods, Results, Discussion.
- Each section typically consists of 2-4 sentences.
- No tables and no figures.
The abstract is a paragraph of text that appears at the top-left side of the poster (Figs. 1 and 2). It is a summary of the entire poster. It should stand alone such that a person can read the abstract and understand all the research described in the poster. An abstract (Fig. 3) contains four parts that should be written in the following order: Introduction, Materials & Methods, Results and Discussion. Each part typically consists of 2-4 sentences and the entire abstract will contain 200-300 words. An abstract consists strictly of text, it contains no figures, no tables, and typically it does not contain citations.