Why are abstracts important?

When looking through the content of a journal, how do you decide which articles you'd like to read? The majority of journal readers look at the title and abstract to decide whether they will read your article further. That means you only have approximately 150 to 250 words to convince someone to read more. Thus, it is imperative that your abstract clearly and concisely describe the aims, methods, and outcomes of your research. A well written abstract will entice a reader to read more of your article, which is exactly what you want.