「台灣昆蟲」英文編輯Dr. Roger Haesevoets在最近往返書信中，提供一則如何撰寫科學報告「摘要」的注意事項。謹摘錄如下，供作者們參考。
At the beginning of a scientific paper is the abstract.
The abstract is a general synopsis of the entire paper.
Scientific papers generally follow the IMRAD layout - the acronym that stands for the four basic sections of the paper.
Therefore, the abstract must contain information from all 4 sections of the paper:
Introduction (What question was asked?),
Material and method (How was it studied?),
Results (What was found?) and
Discussion (What do the findings mean?).