Answered By: Digital Library Services Team
Last Updated: Oct 06, 2016     Views: 18

An abstract is a short summary of a journal article, conference paper, thesis or other longer piece of written work.

Most academic journals print an abstract and keywords relating to the topic discussed in the article before the full text of the article. 

Many publishers of journals (unless the journal is free or open access), allow access to the abstracts of articles published in their journals, but limit access to the full text of the article to subscribers only.

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Key point:

Some special issues of journals are devoted to listing abstracts from conferences. These abstracts summarise papers presented at conferences. The full text of the conference paper might not be published in that journal. You may find that the paper was published elsewhere or the full text of that paper may not have been published at all.