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Increase the Impact of Your Research Paper in One Step

Annals of Botany had an editorial meeting recently one of the topics that came up was how can authors increase the readership of their paper? One place that can have a surprisingly large impact is the abstract.

If you’ve spent an age trying to get all the details of your research right, it can be painful reducing everything to a couple of hundred words. However an abstract isn’t a mini-version of your paper, it’s a tool to get people to read your paper, and that means making it as easy as possible for people to see why they should care. There’s the full slidedeck up at Haiku Deck or press play above.

Alun Salt

Alun (he/him) is the Producer for Botany One. It's his job to keep the server running. He's not a botanist, but started running into them on a regular basis while working on writing modules for an Interdisciplinary Science course and, later, helping teach mathematics to Biologists. His degrees are in archaeology and ancient history.


  • An abstract should engage the reader, and be as compelling as the Introduction to a paper. I often read manuscripts where the introduction was clearly written, but the abstract seems to have been written in a hurry. Since the abstract provides the reader’s first impression, the writing should be crisp and polished. Before you submit a manuscript to a journal, ask yourself the following question: If a reader skimmed 20 abstracts in one sitting, is my paper the one they would want to read first?

    Jeff Karron
    North American Editor, Annals of Botany

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