Components of a Competitive Abstract

Submitting an Abstract

Use the following as a guide for writing a competitive abstract:


  • Provide a brief context for the research
  • Indicate why it is important


  • State the goal(s) of the research and the question(s) you are seeking to address with this research

Study Design and Research Methods:

  • Specifically state what study design was used in the research
  • If appropriate, state what population or group(s) were studied
  • Briefly describe the study procedures used to carry out the research
  • Indicate which measurement techniques were used in the research
  • Provide information on the data analytic technique(s) that were used


  • Briefly describe the main findings or results of your research


  • Concisely state what the results mean and their impact on the field of research

Resources on Writing Competitive Abstracts


NEW in 2018! Understand how ABRCMS reviewers will review your abstract and the elements of successful abstract submissions when you attend this webinar series. Dates are as follows:

  • General Abstract Tips: Aug. 15, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. EST (3:00 p.m. PST)
  • Specific Abstract Tips for Biomedical Sciences and Social and Behavioral Sciences/Public Health: Aug. 20, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. EST (3:00 p.m. PST)
  • Specific Abstract Tips for Chemical Sciences and Engineering/Physics/Mathematics: Aug. 21, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. EST (3:00 p.m. PST)

Indicate your interest in attending this free webinar series by completing this short form.

Sample Abstracts in Scientific Disciplines

Click on each discipline to see a sample annotated abstract:

1. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

2. Cancer Biology

3. Cell Biology

4. Chemistry

5. Computational and Systems Biology

6. Developmental Biology and Genetics

7. Engineering, Physics and Mathematics

8. Immunology

9. Microbiology

10. Neuroscience

11. Physiology

12. Social and Behavioral Sciences and Public Health

*Note: ABRCMS claims no copyright to these abstracts.




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