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Publishing Academic Manuscripts: 5 Tips for Creating a Title That Stands Out

  1. Describe what you found

A title should describe the main findings of the manuscript. Readers do judge a book by its cover and a title will tell them whether your manuscript is worth reading further. So cut to the chase and describe your research in a succinct title.

  1. Use key words

Most researchers have daily alerts set for certain keywords including their protein of interest and their field of research. Including important keywords in your title will make your manuscript pop up on more alerts. If more researchers are reading your manuscript, it has a greater impact on the field and gets cited more often.

  1. Don’t be overly technical

While the best titles describe research findings, they are also not overly technical. Readers need to understand the subject of your manuscript but do not need to know every detail of your project. Highlight the central finding of your research without listing every single player in your pathway of interest.

  1. Be original

In order to make an impact on the field, you need to make sure your title is the only one like it. Search for your title and compare it to other manuscripts. Is your title unique? Could your manuscript be confused for another paper? If not, then you’re good to go!

  1. Be creative

Go above and beyond and come up with an eye-popping title to draw the reader in. Be clever and come up with a creative phrase to start your title. For example: The day job of a professional killer: non-apoptotic roles of caspase 7.