Abstracts and Abstracting

A Genre and Set of Skills for the Twenty-First Century


  • Tibor Koltay, Head of the Department of Information and Library Studies, Szent István University, Hungary.

Despite their changing role, abstracts remain useful in the digital world. Highly beneficial to information professionals and researchers who work and publish in different fields, this book summarizes the most important and up-to-date theory of abstracting, as well as giving advice and examples for the practice of writing different kinds of abstracts. The book discusses the length, the functions and basic structure of abstracts, outlining a new approach to informative and indicative abstracts. The abstractors’ personality, their linguistic and non-linguistic knowledge and skills are also discussed with special attention.
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Information professionals; Researchers who work and publish in different fields and write the author-abstracts of their own papers or write abstracts on papers written by someone else; English for Specific Purposes (ESP) practitioners, Technical writing teachers


Book information

  • Published: March 2010
  • Imprint: Chandos Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-1-84334-517-6

Table of Contents

Definitions; The characteristics of the abstract; What does an abstractor have to know? The practice of abstracting: structure, processes and language; The practice of abstracting: examples; Beyond language and style; Conclusion.