Does this Title Bug (Hemiptera) You? How to Write a Title that Increases your Citations

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Biological Sciences


Entomology, Ecology, Journals, Latin names, Titles, Citation rate


  • Titles from entomology and ecology journals were analysed, testing the effect of Latin and common names, functional groups, geographic location, question marks, humour, and title length on citation rate.
  • Using the Latin names of study organisms in a title decreases a paper's citation rate.
  • There was no effect of the use of common names, question marks, humour, or title length on citation rate. Effects of functional group and geographic location were variable.

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