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A Note from Mary Ann

Mary Ann Liebert

Every so often, I wonder whether abstracts of papers in peer-reviewed journals need a new mandate.

Many researchers and clinicians say openly that they only read the abstracts in a journal and read the paper only if the abstract is compelling. In approximately 250 words, a study is summarized and the conclusion is included.

I worry about that—especially in papers that have immediate clinical relevance. According to Wikipedia, the idiom “the devil is in the details” has been attributed to a number of different individuals. No matter who said it first,  it is a wise commentary. Important details in a study are often lumped into the discussion part of the paper. For example, the discussion of a particular new therapeutic drug or device may include an important exception: “This treatment is not appropriate for anyone who is taking…” This exception, which may not be included in the abstract, is a very important consideration.

Sometimes, I have pondered whether the conclusion of a study should be included in an abstract. I think of abstracts as CliffsNotes, which are fine for a generalized understanding but leave out comments that could have serious implications for patient care, or even an attempt to duplicate research (another issue in itself).

From time to time, I have voiced my concern about the limitations of abstracts with some of our Editors. I have suggested that conclusions should not be included in abstracts, hoping that the reader will then read the entire paper. My point is always well taken, but so far, no one has stepped up to the plate to try it.

Am I deterred? Not really, because I think my point is important. Clearly I am not suggesting we rethink the concept of the abstract for every paper, but I feel strongly that—like so many other changes in the peer review process and publication—it needs to be addressed.

In many situations, a problem is often lumped into “let’s form a committee,” tabling what may be a provocative discussion that may find proponents uncomfortable. I’m generally not a fan of committees, but I always welcome input and would like to discuss new approaches to abstracts with any of you or your readers who are willing to examine new frontiers. If you know of any pertinent discussions related to this, please let me know; and I welcome your own opinion and suggestions.

Mary Ann
Founder, President, and CEO

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Heidi Abrahamse

Photomedicine and Laser Surgery– Heidi Abrahamse, PhD, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
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This Issue's Featured Subject Collection: Technology and Engineering

Technology and Engineering Collection

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