University of Nebraska Medical Center

How to Write Effective Titles for Grants, Abstracts, and More!

You have your paper finished, but what do you name it? How do you encapsulate the blood, sweat, and tears of your research into a single line of text? The title is often the first impression for potential readers, and a good one will open the gates to its content instead of locking it away. An effective title is essential.

If this worries you, worry no more! The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) presents What’s in a Name? How to Write an Effective Title — a four-part series designed to help you create standout titles for your work. Each section of the series guides you in understanding methods for crafting effective titles, providing the valuable tools you’ll need in academic writing.

Title Writing Series

Why Titles are Important
Learn about the relationship between titles and search engines, reader citation, and pitfalls to avoid.

Strategies for Writing Effective Titles, Part 1
See title examples, syntax and grammatical basics, and ways to take advantage of key words.

Strategies for Writing Effective Titles, Part 2
Info on capturing readers’ attention, maintaining your scholarly voice, and bending the rules for great effect.

Applying What You Learned: Title Writing Exercise
Use all the strategies you’ve learned and try your hand at titling an example abstract.

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