Quick Tip 11: Titles

This time we’ll talk about how to write an effective title for your paper.

Tip 1: Avoid abbreviations.

Some acronyms, such as lncRNA, should obviously be used. However, if an abbreviation is new and not yet standardized it’s probably better to write the full name.

Tip 2: Keep it short.

Some studies have found that shorter titles are cited more often. As with most writing, try to be concise. Include the same details with fewer words.

Tip 3: Describe your research.

Try to include important key words relating to what you did and what you found. If you’re studying a biomarker, maybe mention the “prognostic potential” of that marker. Or, if you’re studying heart disease, mention what aspect of heart disease you looked at.