What makes a ‘good’ title and (how) does it matter for citations? A review and general model of article title attributes in management science

L. Balachandran Nair, Michael Gibbert

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Abstract

What makes a “good” title for an article, i.e. one which might attract citations in the academic community? Answers to this question are manifold, though inconclusive across disciplines. In an attempt to provide cohesion, we integrate significant title characteristics from previous studies across disciplines into a comprehensive model and link it with citation count. Keeping the application context constant, we focus on management science and find that only non-alpha numeric characters and a balanced title structure have small, but significant effects on citation count. Surprisingly, attributes which tended to show significant effects in other disciplines (though often in opposite directions), such as length, context, and linguistic attributes exhibited no relationship with citation count.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1331-1359
Number of pages29
JournalScientometrics
Volume107
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Article title
  • Citation count
  • Scholarly impact
  • Title attributes
  • Management

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