high-impact research title

It is often observed that a small group of readers reads full research articles. However, the title of the research articles is read by the largest group of readers and is freely available to everyone. Hence, it is important to write the title of the research content appropriately according to the research. Here are guidelines and criteria for writing a high-impact research title.

1. Simple and interesting to the readers

Your research article will compete with many others in the same field. Readers will have multiple choices, so an interesting, attractive, and appropriate title will increase the likelihood of your article being read and cited.

2. Concise/brief and direct

A shorter title increases the possibility of citations. Avoid unnecessary words, jargon, and phrases. Ideally, a high-impact research title should be less than 12 words. However, always follow the journal guidelines for title length if specified.

3. Precise/focused and accurate

The title should spark the reader’s interest and curiosity. It must be precise, providing just enough detail to fulfil its purpose while being accurate and focused on the key achievements of the research. Finalize the title after completing the entire research write-up, including the abstract.

The main objective of the title is to arouse the interest and curiosity of the reader to read the content. Many times our research articles are not reachable to the needy reader due to inaccurate titles. Hence the title should be precise and have just enough details to fulfill the objective of the title. At the same time, it should be accurate and focused on the key achievements of the research. That is the reason why the title is finalized after the completion of all the content of the research writeup including the abstract.

4. Not misleading and unambiguous

A misleading research title often deteriorates the frequency of citation and the reputation of the affiliation. So it’s very important to avoid unambiguous statements and keywords in the title. Do not include any objectives, study design, and results that have not been achieved and are not reported in the main content.

5. Informative and memorable

Key information about the objectives and study design achieved should be included in the title to encourage the reader to read further. In addition, what has been discovered also needs to be included in the title. At the same time, the title should be memorable to the reader to increase the citation frequency. Informative and memorable has often inverse correlations and it is difficult to maintain both together in a title. However, it is possible by implementing simplified keywords and keeping readers’ points of view on the title.

6. Descriptive enough to predict the content of the research

Most often readers read the articles to find the predicted content to get the support of the views. So, the title should be descriptive enough to facilitate the reader to predict the content of the article. If the title of the research is undescriptive then readers may skip the articles without reading even the abstract, which will decrease the overall impact.

7. Appropriate for classification

Before writing a high-impact research title, it is very important to note that your research content is for the particle group of niches not for everyone in the world. So, the first thing is to know your reader’s niche and then write according to their style/perception/format followed. For example, if we write ‘COD’ in the title, it can be perceived as ‘chemical oxygen demand’ or ‘cash on delivery’ depending upon their niche. Hence, while writing the title keep in mind that your research article is for specific readers and not for everyone in the world.

8. Important keywords

To increase the discoverability of your articles in search engines include critical keywords in the title. Most search engines search the article by keywords provided in the list and included in the title. Hence it is important to have one or two critical keywords which will increase the possibility of more citations since more readers will be reachable to the articles.

9. Include partial results to increase the curiosity

Readers will be reading your abstract and further research content only if readers find their curiosity in knowing the discovery. Partial results can be included in the title to facilitate the curiosity of readers. This will help the reader to predict the content as well as the results and would like to verify it by reading your article. Remember, more reading will have more chance of citation and will increase the impact of research content.

10. Specific and unique

In the end, you need to have a specific title for your research content and should not have plagiarism in the title. Hence, while writing the title we need to make sure it is not matching with existing literature. To make sure your title is unique you may search your title in a search engine and confirm its uniqueness.

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