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Ok, now I'm emboldened. More unsolicited #sciencewriting advice. Today's is on titles.

The words in your title are the most important words in your manuscript. The title is seen when people do a google scholar search, and it determines whether ppl read your paper, so...

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All people who see your paper read the title.
A small percentage read the abstract.
Maybe .01%? read your paper. (The ~CTR of a banner ad.)

Better titles leads more ppl to read your abstracts, papers, and cite your papers. Here are three suggestions...

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1. More people care about effects than process. If you have to choose, report the effect in the title.

Effect: "Digital goods are valued less than physical goods."

Process: "Lower psychological ownership for digital than physical goods reduces their perceived value."

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I am not a great writer. But I am okay. I was not a great scientist. But I was okay. Yet since leaving school, I’ve done science and/or writing for over 16 years! Here’s the terrifyingly small amount of wisdom I have to share.
#academicchatter #sciencewriting #copywriting
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It's been 3 years since my first blog. I remember how terrified I was to hit "publish" on my first #blog post. Unleashing my words into the worldwide web was a scary thought. What if people hated my writing? Or worse, what if the article had mistakes? (1/5) #writingtips #SciComm
Importantly, this was supposed to be my first step towards transitioning into a career in #sciencewriting- a field that was a complete black box to my family and friends. Needless to say, everyone, including myself, was skeptical. (2/5)
Anyways, I tried, and learned 2 things over the years. 1) My writing didn't (positively or negatively) break the internet. At it's best and worst, readers moved on with their lives. (3/5)
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