Q: How to write the title for a quantitative research study?

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It difficult for me to construct a research title because it’s the first time I have conducted research. 

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The title of your paper is the first thing that the readers will see, and they will immediately form a view on what to expect from your research paper. If the title doesn’t appeal to the readers, they will not read any further. It is therefore important to write a clear, persuasive title that communicates what your study is about and engages the interests of the reader.

Let us first understand what makes a good research paper title. A good title is expected to do the following:

  • Capture the essence of the paper
  • Be accurate and specific, not overly general
  • Not contain unnecessary, distracting details
  • Be comprehensible to a broad academic readership
  • Engage readers and generate curiosity

To write a good title for a quantitative paper, you should follow these steps:

  1. List down the following items:
    • The most important key words/concepts in your study
    • The methodology used
    • The samples/areas studied
    • Your most important finding
  2. Draft a title that includes all the items you’ve listed (if you wish, do so in a sentence format).
  3. Delete anything that is unnecessary.
  4. Use a general term to cover overly specific aspects, as shown in the example above.
  5. Pay heed to any journal instructions or discipline-specific conventions for writing titles (e.g., adding a sub-title describing the study design, or restricting the number of words/characters to a certain count.

You can also look up titles of quantitative studies in your field to seek inspiration from them and frame your title accordingly.

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