Moonbear said:To Zanket: if you're planning to submit to a journal and whatever format you currently have your paper written in doesn't comply with the journal's requirements, no matter how minor, take the time to change the format.
Will do--thanks for the advice. I kept the abstract short and to the point, only 150 words. Turns out the rest of it is less wordy than I thought; MS-Word seems to count some punctuation as words. From looking around at other papers, mine looks to be average size.