Reviewer: I read your abstract and, frankly, it really didn't tell me anything about your manuscript. It has some real problems. When I removed the fluff but kept your original words, it distilled down to three simple sentences: A study was done. Results were found. Conclusions were drawn. It gave me nothing specific about the content of your manuscript.

Author: So? Do you have a problem with that?

R: (speechless with quizzical look)

A: That's the way abstracts read. Isn't that correct? Isn't that the way to write—mimic what's worked for others; use published works as...

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