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Complex modules

Complex modules have an internal structure that is made explicit in the characterisation of the information and in the characterised links between its constituent modules. On the level of the article (which is a special case of a complex module), an abstract is required, to provide the reader with a content-oriented overview of the constituents, as well as a `map of contents', to provide an organisational overview. We treat each complex module similarly: at the level of the complex module, we introduce a `module summary' , and we also provide a map of contents , which can be included in or an excerpt from the map of contents of the entire article.

The module summary gives an overview of the contents of a complex module, in particular of the coherence of the information distributed over its constituent modules. Contrary to the abstract, a module summary is only included in a complex module if the reader is unlikely to gain sufficient insight in the content of the complex module without this summary.4.19 In that case, a complex module consists of its constituent modules, the links between them and a module summary.



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