How to Develop an Effective Article Title?

The article title represents your manuscript content in a fewest possible words. Whether or not the readers read your work, an effective title instantly “sells” it to the reader. The title is crucial in drawing reader’s attention to your manuscript, especially if the searched database does not contain the abstract of the article. It should contain all indispensable words in a right order so that the subject of the manuscript is truly and fully reflected. Choosing a proper title for your article makes it easier for the reader to find it out; likewise, an improperly titled article may never get to the intended reader.

People read your title more than other parts of your manuscript and indexing services categorize the papers based on their title. Those who cite your work will insert the title in their reference list which will be read by hundreds of people.

Write the article title in the early stages of your writing process and critique it the way you do with other parts of the article.

  1. Title should be as concise as possible (between10-12 works is optimum) and reflect the content of your work perfectly.
  2. We recommend you to express only one idea or subject in your title.
  3. The most important word should come in the beginning of the title.
  4. Select words that highlight the main content of your manuscript and that a database can distinguish, index and retrieve. 
  5. Your title should be concise. Omit extra words such as “A study of …”, “Investigations of …”, “Observations on …”
  6. Also omit redundant words such as articles and verbs so that you have a label for your title rather than a sentence.
  7. Use simple word orders and common word combination.
  8. Be as expressive as possible and use specific terms rather general ones: for instance, include the specific drug name rather than just the drug class.
  9. Write the scientific names completely, for instance Escherichia coli rather than E. coli.
  10. Don’t use abbreviations and acronyms because they may have more than one meaning, for example AL for Aluminum can be mistaken for AL for Alcohol.
  11. Use the common or generic name of chemicals rather than their formula.
  12. Don’t use Roman numerals in the title since they can be misinterpreted. for instance, part III could be misunderstood as factor III.
  13. Make sure that your article title and abstract match the final version of your article.

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