In a researcher's page in Google Scholar we can click the paper title to see its abstract.

Is it possible to do this from standard Google Scholar search?

(I'm starting to think this is just not possible, but maybe I'm doing something wrong.)

No abstract in standard search

no option to view abstract in standard search in Google Scholar

Abstract example as seen from researcher page (by clicking paper title)

paper abstract viewed from researcher page

Update: To clarify, I meant viewing the abstract without leaving Google Scholar. (Microsoft Academic, for example, shows the abstract within the website.)

  • maybe there is a greasemonkey browser script to show if the abstract is in the source code of the URL May 7, 2019 at 21:25

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In Google Scholar's mobile version, clicking on the title of the search result reveals the abstract. In order to show the mobile version on a desktop computer, you have to resort to hacks, such as a mobile browser plugin for your browser or enabling mobile view in the developer tools of e.g. Chrome or Firefox.

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    That does indeed reveal the abstract, but also redirects to the journal's website. I think OP is looking for a way to view Google Scholar's abstract page. (The downvote isn't mine, btw.)
    – Anyon
    May 7, 2019 at 15:55
  • @Anyon Right, thanks. I tested this one the mobile version. Turns out this might work as a "hack", and I edited this into the answer. May 7, 2019 at 17:12
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    Anyon's comment is correct. I'm upvoting because the hack is useful but I was hoping to get the behavior in the desktop version of the website.
    – Daniel
    May 7, 2019 at 20:20

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