2.1 Understand what is a take-home message for a paper

The take-home message for a paper is like an abstract of the Abstract.

Whereas the Abstract of a paper summarizes the whole paper, including its aim/purpose, methods, results and conclusion(s), take-home messages are shorter and punchier. They’re usually shorter than 150 words, and they only state enough information to allow the Reader to deduce…

  • WHY the authors did what they did
  • WHAT the authors did and WHAT they found
  • HOW the authors’ results could make a difference to the world.

The short punchiness of take-home messages, as well as the fact that they’re written in lay language, makes them easy for readers to read, digest, and literally ‘take home’ to tell others about.

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