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Abstracts and Structured Abstracts

Undertaking secondary studies such as mapping studies and systematic literature reviews involves extracting key information from published papers as quickly as possible, both for the purposes of making decisions about inclusion and exclusion as well as data extraction. Ideally, much or all of this can be performed by reading the abstract of a paper. Structured abstracts are intended to help organise an abstract in a form that will assist readers with such tasks, making it easier to identify key information about a study, and they are used for this purpose in many disciplines. From the various studies conducted for software engineering topics as well as for other disciplines, there is also a considerable body of evidence that demonstrates the value of adopting the use of structured abstracts. We are therefore keen to encourage all authors of software engineering papers, and especially the authors of papers that are describing primary studies, to use this form.

Structured Abstract Template

The following set of headings have been used for producing the abstracts describing a range of software engineering topics, not just empirical ones, and are the set that we recommend.

Materials and Resources

Page last updated on 5 January 2010.