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Revista signos

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PIQUE-NOGUERA, Carmen  y  CAMANO-PUIG, Ramón. The research article abstract: Genre analysis in a Nursing corpus of texts. Rev. signos [online]. 2015, vol.48, n.87, pp.77-94. ISSN 0718-0934.

The abstract is a genre that has received a great deal of attention in some areas, such as biomedicine and the social sciences (Salager-Meyer, 1990; Hyland, 2000; Swales & Feak, 2009); however, its structure and content in other areas, such as nursing, has received less attention. Its importance in the dissemination of science should be an incentive for nursing authors to make it more informative and persuasive. No research has been found that surveyed the issue of whether the abstract should follow the traditional model of a single paragraph or structured with subtitles (Posteguillo Gomez & Piqué-Angordans, 2007). The aim of this study is to describe the content and structure of the traditional abstract, as well as its textual and discursive features. Drawing on the work of Weissberg and Buker (1990), we conducted an analysis of a corpus of 240 abstracts retrieved from twelve nursing journals in which we identified their structural units. One the most striking results was the wide range of variability in terms of the structure and content of the abstracts, with a vast majority of indicative, rather than informative abstracts. These findings suggest the need for a set of agreed upon criteria for writing abstracts in the field of nursing, more clearly aligned with international guidelines for scientific publication.

Palabras clave : Research article abstract; genre study; traditional vs. structured abstracts; health sciences; Nursing.

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