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dc.contributor.authorThelwall, Michael
dc.date.accessioned2020-06-17T13:32:03Z
dc.date.available2020-06-17T13:32:03Z
dc.date.issued2020-06-09
dc.identifier.citationThelwall, M. (2020) Pot, kettle: Nonliteral titles aren’t (natural) science, Quantitative Science Studies. https://doi.org/10.1162/qss_a_00078en
dc.identifier.issn2641-3337en
dc.identifier.doi10.1162/qss_a_00078
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2436/623266
dc.description© 2020 The Author. Published by MIT Press. This is an open access article available under a Creative Commons licence. The published version can be accessed at the following link on the publisher’s website: https://doi.org/10.1162/qss_a_00078en
dc.description.abstractResearchers may be tempted to attract attention through poetic titles for their publications, but would this be mistaken in some fields? Whilst poetic titles are known to be common in medicine, it is not clear whether the practice is widespread elsewhere. This article investigates the prevalence of poetic expressions in journal article titles 1996-2019 in 3.3 million articles from all 27 Scopus broad fields. Expressions were identified by manually checking all phrases with at least 5 words that occurred at least 25 times, finding 149 stock phrases, idioms, sayings, literary allusions, film names and song titles or lyrics. The expressions found are most common in the social sciences and the humanities. They are also relatively common in medicine, but almost absent from engineering and the natural and formal sciences. The differences may reflect the less hierarchical and more varied nature of the social sciences and humanities, where interesting titles may attract an audience. In engineering, natural science and formal science fields, authors should take extra care with poetic expressions, in case their choice is judged inappropriate. This includes interdisciplinary research overlapping these areas. Conversely, reviewers of interdisciplinary research involving the social sciences should be more tolerant of poetic licenseen
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dc.publisherMIT Pressen
dc.relation.urlhttps://www.mitpressjournals.org/loi/qssen
dc.subjectacademic writingen
dc.subjectjournal article titlesen
dc.subjectdisciplinary differencesen
dc.subjectacademic humouren
dc.subjectpoetic titlesen
dc.titlePot, kettle: Nonliteral titles aren’t (natural) scienceen
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.identifier.journalQuantitative Science Studiesen
dc.date.updated2020-06-14T09:29:10Z
dc.date.accepted2020-06-13
rioxxterms.funderUniversity of Wolverhamptonen
rioxxterms.identifier.projectUOW17062020MTen
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rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2020-06-17en
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