Skip to Main Content

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Research Guide

A research guide to find BSN resources from the EFSC Libraries

Organization of a Research Article

From the Writing Center of the University of Colorado  Denver (time 3:45) Standard YouTube License

What are structured abstracts?

A structured abstract is a summary of an article where the summary has been divided into bolded sections, such as:

  • introduction

  • methods

  • results

  • discussion

This is also referred to as an IMRAD abstract. The abstract sections can be labeled with other terms such as, objectives, design, conclusion, etc.

A structured abstract is usually required by peer reviewed journals for original research articles.

This format is helpful for authors to concisely summarize their article and makes it easier for readers to select articles relevant to their research needs.

Structured abstract example