Characteristic features of research article titles in computer science

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

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Previous researchers have given conflicting views as to what makes a "good" research article (RA) title. In this paper, characteristic features of research article titles, including length, punctuation usage, word frequency, and preposition usage are investigated using a corpus of 600 research articles from the six journals of the IEEE Computer Society. Results show, while some of the intuitive observations made in the literature about title writing are accurate for computer science journals, other observations have ignored the effects of discipline and field variation. Subsequently, these observations are either unjustified or misleading.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)187-194
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Transactions on Professional Communication
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2001 Sep
Externally publishedYes


  • Computer science
  • Engineering
  • Genre
  • Research article
  • Title

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Industrial relations
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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