Scientific paper has a one word abstract

29 Jan

One the least enjoyable parts of writing an academic paper is composing the abstract. It is always a struggle to boil down your complex and nuanced research to just 150 words. This is why I was delighted by a paper titled “Do Large (Magnitude ≥8) Global Earthquakes Occur on Preferred Days of the Calendar Year or Lunar Cycle?”

The abstract simply reads:

No.

[Hat tip to BoingBoing]

2 Responses to “Scientific paper has a one word abstract”

  1. Enrique Guerra-Pujol January 29, 2018 at 10:35 am #

    On the other end of the spectrum: I’ve seen 600-, 800-, even 1000-word “abstracts” for certain law review articles.

    • Kathy H January 30, 2018 at 4:47 pm #

      Legalese is what I call it. The inability of lawyers to be succinct.

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