Help Topic: Abstracts

Abstracts of journal articles are available to all users of Cambridge Journals Online and can be accessed from a journal's tables of contents or a list of search results. As well as a short description of the article's contents, the abstract provides the following information:

- The article's DOI

- The article's online publication date

- The date the article was originally accepted for publication. (This is provided by the journal's editorial office and may not be available for all journals.)

- The names and affiliations of the author(s)

- The list of keywords that has been used to index the article

- Contact details for those wishing to enter into correspondence with the author(s)


From the abstract you can:

- Sign up to receive new Contents Alerts by clicking the button at the top right.(see Help on 'Content alerts')

- Download a CJO widget so that you can run searches on Cambridge Journals Online directly from your blog, 'start page', or favourite social networking site.

Down the left-hand side of the page you will see a range of buttons. Click on the arrow next to each one to expand the menu.

- Use Article Author Query to look the author(s) up on Google Scholar and/or PubMed

- Society Services provides links to the society publishing the journal and any online membership services they may be offering.

- Journal Information will tell you more about the journal as a whole (editorial board, book review information etc).

- the Journal Menu allows you to browse the journal's content with links to the current and back issues as well as to some highlighted content such as the most most downloaded and most cited articles.

- Special Sales gives information about advertising and corporate sales.

- Access Information displays a list of the symbols used to show what type of access you have to a particular article.

- The Article Menu provides a number of useful options:

- Export Citation allows you to download a citation to your desktop or send it to an interested colleague

- Citation Alerts means you can receive notification if the article is cited elsewhere (see Help on 'Citation Alerts').

- Save the abstract to your Saved Articles page (see Help on 'Saved articles')

- Clicking on Request Permissions takes you to the Copyright Clearance Center's Rightslink service. This will tell you if you can obtain permission to re-use some or all of the article and, if you can, lets you buy the license to do so online.

- Cited By Articles lists - and provides links to - articles in CrossRef or Google Scholar that cite the article you are viewing.

- Subscription and Prices allows you to take out a subscription to the journal if you don't already have access to it.

Bookmark & share this article

If you belong to one of the following social bookmarking or networking sites, you can automatically add the abstract to it by clicking on Social Bookmarking: CiteULike,,,,,,, Facebook.

At the bottom of the page are three features to make it easy for you to cite the article.

How to cite this article provides a complete citation (including the DOI) for you to cut and paste into your own work or bibliographic software.

Link to this abstract displays a link which you can then cut and paste into your web pages or documents.

Blog this Article is a quick and easy way to cite an article in your blog or online community profile. A new window opens containing some code which you can cut and paste into your blog. The code will display as the article's title, author(s), the journal issue it appears in and it will give a link to the article's abstract.

Some Cambridge journals are encouraging debate by asking readers to respond to individual articles. Click on Comments to submit your comment to a moderator. By clicking on Comment alerts you can receive alerts whenever a new comment on this article is posted on Cambridge Journals Online.

Symbols in articles and abstracts

Every effort has been made to represent special character symbols (for example, the Greek symbol kappa) correctly within articles and abstracts. Where Web browsers cannot represent these symbols correctly, they are converted to image files.

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