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The classic school report comment of ‘could try harder’ could be applied to many of the abstracts submitted with papers to EJHP.

It has been encouraging to see the quality and quantity of papers that have been submitted to EJHP improve over the last 3 years. My impression is that more pharmacists are seeking to publish their work and pharmacists who have not previously published have taken up the challenge. In an attempt to raise standards further, I want to focus on the abstract. One of the frequently seen weaknesses in original reports is the quality of the associated abstract. What do we want?

Abstracts should restate all the key points of your paper. It will receive far more attention than your main paper as …

Correspondence to Professor Phil Wiffen, Pain Research Unit, Churchill Hospital, Old Rd, Oxford OX3 7LE, UK; phil.wiffen{at}ndcn.ox.ac.uk

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