A good research paper should have a strong title.

Here are some examples:

  1. 1. Benefits of Meditation for the Nursing Profession:

     A Quantitative Investigation

  1. 2. Why Mindful Nurses Make the Best Communicators
  2. 3. Meditation Gurus
  3. 4. Nurses on the Move: A Quantitative Report on How

    Meditation Can Improve Nurse Performance

The title impression is:

Title 1 describes the topic and the method of the study but is not particularly catchy.

Title 2 partly describes the topic, but does not give any information about the method of the study—it could simply be a theoretical or opinion piece.

Title 3 is somewhat catchier but gives almost no information at all about the article.

Title 4 begins with a catchy main title and is followed by a subtitle that gives information about the content and method of the study.

Title 4 has all the characteristics of a good research title.


Dr. C. Nixon (e-mail communication)