TITLE

Are Shorter Article Titles More Attractive for Citations? Crosssectional Study of 22 Scientific Journals

AUTHOR(S)
Habibzadeh, Farrokh; Yadollahie, Mahboobeh
PUB. DATE
April 2010
SOURCE
Croatian Medical Journal;Apr2010, Vol. 51 Issue 2, p165
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Aim To investigate the correlation between the length of the title of a scientific article and the number of citations it receives, in view of the common editorial call for shorter titles. Methods Title and the number of citations to all articles published in 2005 in 22 arbitrarily chosen English-language journals (n = 9031) were retrieved from citation database Scopus. The 2008 journal impact factors of these 22 journals were also retrieved from Thomson Reuters' Journal Citation Report (JCR). Assuming the article title length as the independent variable, and the number of citations to the article as the dependent variable, a linear regression model was applied. Results The slope of the regression line for some journals (n = 6, when titles were measured in characters but 7 when titles were measured in words) was negative - none was significantly different from 0. The overall slope for all journals was 0.140 (when titles were measured in characters) and 0.778 (when titles were measured in words), which is significantly different from 0 (P < 0.001 , t test). Overall, articles with longer titles received more citations - Spearman ρ = 0.266 - when titles were measured in characters, and ρ = 0.244 when titles were measured in words (P < 0.001). This association was found for 7 of 8 journals with impact factor >10 and for 2 out of 14 journals with impact factor <10 (P < 0.001, Fisher exact test). Conclusion Longer titles seem to be associated with higher citation rates. This association is more pronounced for journals with high impact factors. Editors who insist on brief and concise titles should perhaps update the guidelines for authors of their journals and have more flexibility regarding the length of the title.
ACCESSION #
51212062

 

Related Articles

  • Citations: In defence of Brazilian journals. Carvalho, Marilia Sá; Travassos, Claudia; Coeli, Claudia Medina // Nature;9/26/2013, Vol. 501 Issue 7468, p492 

    A letter to the editor is presented that discusses the declaration from the information service company Thomson Reuters Corp. about citing articles published in the Brazilian journals and also discusses the reputation and quality of scientific articles published in Brazil.

  • Research Progress and Prospects of Saudi Arabia in Global Medical Sciences. MEO, S. A.; HASSAN, A.; USMANI, A. M. // European Review for Medical & Pharmacological Sciences;Dec2013, Vol. 17 Issue 24, p3265 

    OBJECTIVES: Since last decade, Saudi Arabia has been swiftly moving ahead to promote an education and research in the country. This study aimed to investigate the research outcome of Saudi Arabia in medical sciences during the period 1996-2012. MATERIAL AND METHODS: In this study, the research...

  • Casting a wide net: the Journal Impact Factor numerator. Hubbard, Stephen C.; McVeigh, Marie E. // Learned Publishing;Apr2011, Vol. 24 Issue 2, p133 

    All metrics published in the Journal Citation Reportsâ„¢ are dependent on the complete and correct aggregation of citations to each journal title. Here, we explain how unique cited titles are created for Thomson Reuters indexing, and how variations and ambiguities in titles are collected in...

  • GMD included in ISI Citation Index.  // Geoscientific Model Development;2013, Vol. 6 Issue 6, following p2085 

    The article reports that information service firm Thomson Reuters announced that they will be including the journal "Geoscientific Model Development" in their Institute of Scientific Information (ISI) listings. It says thatt the new fior for the journal reflects the efforts of the editorial...

  • Losing the numbers game: abundant self-citations put journals at risk for a life without an impact factor. Krell, Frank-Thorsten // European Science Editing;May2014, Vol. 40 Issue 2, p36 

    To counteract impact factor manipulations by editors, in 2008 Thomson Reuters started suppressing journals with abundant self-citations and excluding them from the Journal Citation Reports* for two years. The number of banned journals rose from 9 in 2007 to 66 in 2012. Abundant journal...

  • Bibliometric analysis of Web of Science-indexed papers on concrete segmental bridges. Martí-Vargas, José R.; García-Taengua, Emili; Hale, W. Micah; ElBatanouny, Mohamed K.; Ziehl, Paul H. // PCI Journal;Jan/Feb2015, p118 

    This paper provides a bibliometric analysis of indexed scientific papers on concrete segmental bridges. Two hundred forty-two papers published from 1900 through 2013 were extracted from the Web of Science. The analysis examines author information, journal and year of publication, WoS category,...

  • The proliferation of nano journals. Grieneisen, Michael L. // Nature Nanotechnology;Dec2010, Vol. 5 Issue 12, p825 

    The article addresses the growing number of journals about nanotechnology and nanoscience. The author quantified the growth of nanotechnology journals through the use of three databases published by Thomson Reuters including the Science Citation Index, the Journal Citation Reports (JCR) and the...

  • GMD included in ISI Citation Index. Annan, James; Hargreaves, Julia; Rutt, Ian; Sander, Rolf // Geoscientific Model Development;Apr2011, Vol. 4 Issue 2, p1 

    The article reports that the periodical "Geoscientific Model Development" will be admitted in the Institute for Scientific Institution (ISI) Citation Index of Thomson Reuters Corp. It notes that the milestone was achieved through the efforts of the editorial board and the quality of papers...

  • GMD included in ISI Citation Index. Lunt, Dan; Annan, James; Hargreaves, Julia; Rutt, Ian; Sander, Rolf // Geoscientific Model Development;Jan2011, Vol. 4 Issue 1, p1 

    The article reports that the periodical "Geoscientific Model Development" (GMD) has been included in the Institute for Science Information (ISI) listings of Thomson Reuters Corp. in the U.S. It notes that the milestone reflects the enormous efforts of the editorial board and the quality of...

Share

Read the Article

Courtesy of VIRGINIA BEACH PUBLIC LIBRARY AND SYSTEM

Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics