I am writing this article in a state of irritation. I am irritated because I just read a Geophysics manuscript that left me (and fellow reviewers) with the unhappy feeling that the abstract was insufficient and needed to be redone. We gave specific suggestions and guidelines, which included Landes' useful and often-reprinted article (1951, 1966, 1990 AAPG Bulletin) and my more pedestrian TLE article (1993). I have reread those articles and, frankly, I cannot understand how after reading them, authors continue to miss the point about abstracts. What's the problem? Abstract writing is not a mystery!

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