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Guidelines for Preparing Abstracts and Keywords

The following guidelines explain how to prepare book- and chapter-level abstracts and keywords for your book. The abstracts and keywords you prepare will facilitate the discovery of your book via online searches. It will also enable us to consider the book for digital collections such as MIT Press Scholarship Online, part of the University Press Scholarship Online (UPSO) publishing platform hosted by Oxford University Press. Inclusion in such collections will increase the readership of your book and its availability in libraries worldwide.

Please use the templates below to prepare your abstracts and keywords. We will need this material when you submit your final manuscript.

Book Abstract and Keywords

Abstract
The book abstract should be concise, between 5-10 sentences, around 200 words and no more than 250 words, and should provide a clear idea of the main arguments and conclusions of your book. It might be useful to use the book’s blurb as a basis for the abstract (as supplied in your Author’s Marketing Questionnaire). Where possible, the personal pronoun should not be used, but an impersonal voice adopted: ‘This chapter discusses . . .’ rather than: ‘In this chapter, I discuss . . .’

Keywords
Please suggest 5–10 keywords which can be used for describing the content of the book and will enable the full text of the book to be searchable online. They are equivalent to terms in an index in a printed work and distinguish the most important ideas, names, and concepts in the book.

  • Each keyword should be kept short, one word where possible (though two and three word specialist terms are also acceptable where necessary);
  • Keywords should not be too generalized;
  • Each keyword should appear in the accompanying abstract;
  • A Keyword can be drawn from the book or chapter title, as long as it also appears in the text of the related abstract.

Chapter Abstracts and Keywords

Abstracts
Please supply an abstract for each chapter of your book, including Introductory and Concluding chapters, giving the name and number of the chapter in each case. Each chapter abstract should be concise, between 3-6 sentences, around 120 words and no more than 150 words. It should provide a clear overview of the content of the chapter. Where possible, the personal pronoun should not be used, but an impersonal voice adopted: ‘This chapter discusses . . .’ rather than: ‘In this chapter, I discuss . . .’

Keywords
Please suggest 5–10 keywords for each chapter which can be used for describing the content of the chapter and will enable the text of the chapter to be searchable online. They are equivalent to terms in an index in a printed work and distinguish the most important ideas, names, and concepts in the chapter.

  • Each keyword should be kept short, one word where possible (though two and three word specialist terms are also acceptable where necessary);
  • Keywords should not be too generalized;
  • Each keyword should appear in the accompanying abstract;
  • A keyword can be drawn from the book or chapter title, as long as it also appears in the text of the related abstract.

University Press Scholarship Online can be found at http://www.universitypressscholarship.com.  The 'guided tour' available from the take a tour page shows sample book and chapter abstracts and keywords. These are also available for viewing without subscription if you decide to explore the site further through the subject area homepages.

 

Sample Abstracts and Keywords

Philosophy

The Act Itself

Book Abstract: The distinction between the consequences of an act and the act itself is supposed to define the fight between consequentialism and deontological moralities. This book, though sympathetic to consequentialism, aims less at taking sides in that debate than at clarifying the terms in which it is conducted. It aims to help the reader to think more clearly about some aspects of human conduct—especially the workings of the ‘by’-locution, and some distinctions between making and allowing, between act and upshot, and between foreseeing and intending (the doctrine of double effect). It argues that moral philosophy would go better if the concept of ‘the act itself’ were dropped from its repertoire.
Book Keywords: action, allowing, consequences, consequentialism, deontological ethics, double effect, ethics, intention

Chapter Abstract: This chapter discusses attempts by Dinello, Kamm, Kagan, Bentham, Warren Quinn, and others to explain the making/allowing distinction. In each case, it is shown that if the proposed account can be tightened up into something significant and defensible, that always turns it into something equivalent to the analysis of Bennett (Ch. 6) or, more often, that of Donagan (Ch. 7). It is argued that on either of the latter analyses, making/allowing certainly has no basic moral significance, though it may often be accompanied by factors that do have such significance.
Chapter Keywords: allowing, Bentham, Dinello, Donagan, KaganKamm, making, Quinn

 

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