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I do research in the life and medical sciences. If I want to publish in one of the major journals (Cell, Nature *, etc.), would I have to confine a title to something short and snappy, or can I be more verbose so that my title conveys better the output of the research?

For example, is this sort of structure:

XXX and YYY are AAA and BBB in PPP and QQQ, respectively

too wordy?

PD. I'm not sure if this was the right forum on the stackexchange network, so please feel free to suggest some other site to post.

1 Answer 1

Copy the pattern that is used most common in your target journal.

Look through a couple of dozen articles. What's the median word-count in titles? Do a majority have colons, or not?