Trends in sociology titles

Published

Journal Article (Review)

Recent reflections on the state of publications in sociology (Becker, 2003) suggest that article titles are getting longer. I test this hypothesis with data from ASR since inception and a wider sample of papers from Sociological Abstracts between 1963 and 1999. My results indicate a rapid and widespread increase in title length. Further analyses suggest that title length does not predict citation, suggesting that long titles are not an avenue for getting more readers.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Moody, J

Published Date

  • March 1, 2006

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 37 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 77 - 80

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0003-1232

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s12108-006-1016-6

Citation Source

  • Scopus