I am writing an extended abstract (8 000 characters) for a conference* and I am not sure how should I work with references and citations there.
- On one hand, abstract is still an abstract, so I guess it should not contain references and in-text citations.
- On the other hand, 8 000 characters seems as too many to describe the paper without referencing other papers.
The other problem is that my paper is mostly a review and one of its most important points is the critique of another paper. The rest is based on this, so I guess I should cite it and not dance around like "there was some scientific work before like this... which had mistakes, so...".
Should I cite it in text but skip references? Or are references allowed in case of extended abstract?
*I don't thing the conference has book of abstracts or conference proceedings, so it seems like the purpose of the abstract is just to provide information to the organizing committee