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A well-composed abstract is key towards the effective dissemination of one’s research. Many articles are only ever read in abstract form. Anonymous peer-reviewers of your scholarship will see the abstract first. The African Studies Review (ASR) provides abstracts in English, French, and Portuguese, so that you can reach the widest possible global audience. You need to provide one version that is 100-word at least one language.
The abstract is not the first paragraph of an article. An abstract is a complete version or type of your article. This is the article that is entire, covering the major points, content and scope of the argument, the theoretical framework or scholarly point of departure, as well as the methodology, and variety of evidentiary basis. It ought to be in a position to stand alone.
The abstract can be defined as the “elevator pitch” for a possible publication: imagine you’re stuck when you look at the elevator in the ASA Annual Meeting with one of several editors associated with ASR. You will need to provide a summary that hits the high points in about one minute and convinces the editor that it’s worthy of further consideration.