The first step in the process of submitting an article to the Think Tank is to construct an abstract. Abstracts are concise and informative outlines that will allow the editors to see at a glance what exactly your article will address. Submitted abstracts are read by two to three screening editors who will check for article redundancy and initial quality.
NOTE: In order for your abstract to be accepted by a screening editor and moved along to the next part of the creation process, you must apply to the Authors usergroup in the user control panel. For more information on how to do this, see How to Submit an Article.
The information included in an abstract should not be excessively detailed, but should give a good idea of what you want your potential article to cover. Start with a basic overview of the article detailing what you intend to write about, provide some (brief) examples, include a thesis and a basic outline. Outlines should be similar to the wiki table-of-contents style that the article will appear in. Keep in mind that verbosity is great for the article itself, but the abstract should be as succinct as possible.
The submission process for an abstract will follow these steps:
The author applies to the Authors subgroup, and submits his/her abstract to a screening editor.
The abstract undergoes a brief review process by the screening editor(s). This check is not rigorous and is designed mainly to prevent article redundancy and poor quality.
If an abstract is accepted, the author is added to the Authors usergroup, put in touch with the editors of the appropriate category and begins to work with them in constructing the final article. The article will undergo several reviews, including substance, style and fact-checking, all of which will take place in the Authors subforum, The Vetting Machine.
For complete information on the article submission and review process, see How to Submit an Article as well as the other articles in this book.
Here will be quoted examples of quality abstracts that the screening editors have received.
Originally Posted by Anias
One Abstract for an Index Article entitled "An Introduction to Raid Leadership" for a new Book "Primer: Raid Leadership". The book is intended as a collection of Articles related to raid leadership, that will serve as a reference guide for both new and old raid leaders.
Abstract, with thesis bolded:
Any leadership position requires a great deal of patience. There are, of course, other skills that will serve you well as a Raid Leader. This Index, along with the associated Articles, should provide a set of resources for the new, and sometimes old, raid leader seeking to improve their understanding of those skills. Patience, on the other hand, will require a different search.
If you find yourself a Raid Leader, and you are desperately seeking information on what that entails, welcome.