Export abstract from text

Dear Jabref developers and contributors,
I always prefer to fill the ‘abstract’ field in Jabref, so I can easily remember what a paper is about.
However, is a tedious job to copy and paste it every single time, so most of the time I omit that step.
It would be great, if a process could run on the text file, export the abstract, and put it automatically in the proper field.

I tried to build a quick-and-dirty tool in Python to do that job, but it is not always straightforward process.

[Assumption: I keep a copy of a document’s text in my computer. I think if the document is not stored on the local machine, extraction process can’t happen.]

Please vote if you support this proposal:

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this is an interesting thing. I know that problem, too.
Sometimes, some websites allow you to export the abstract in the bibtex, too. (ACM and IEEE at laest I tink)

I looked a bit around and it could be possible to get that data from CrossRef, which we already use for “Get BibTex Data from DOI”.


Btw, if you are interested in getting abstract automatically, you could have a look at CrossRefs pdfextracter