While drafting a research paper, a researcher should devote more time in framing an attractive yet meaningful title. Presenting a research work with innovative outcomes will remain ineffective, if the title of the research article is not appropriate.
Being positioned at the top of the article, it effortlessly drags the reader’s attention. Hence, the researchers should focus on retaining that attention. Therefore, the title of a research topic should be apt as well as informative.
Title of a research article is the foremost feature that a reader searches for before going in-depth of the article. Moreover, it plays a crucial role in the world of search engine optimization and keyword business. Hence, a researcher should follow some specific guidelines before giving a title to his research work.
A researcher should avoid the top most 9 things while framing the title for his article. They are:
- The title should not contain any period at the end of the title. A declarative phrase without a period is also acceptable.
- It should be devoid of any form of dashes or hyphens that segregate the sentence into small parts.
- Titles should not contain the Chemical formula of scientific compounds; rather their generic name or common names are preferred to be used.
- Research article titles should not contain any roman numerical.
- A title should not have semi-colons (;) to divide the title into two parts. However, colons (:) are allowed for this purpose.
- Title of research papers should not contain any form of abbreviations (except for well-known terms like RNA or DNA, etc.)
- Interrogative marks or question marks in the title are not allowed in case of scientific research articles. However, interrogative questions are allowed in economics or philosophical articles with unclear research findings.
- Title of research articles should not contain any kind of exponential numerical (e.g. km-1 or km/hr).
- Research titles should not contain any cryptic/complex drug names as well as and shorten scientific names. However, the generic names can be used if required.