Titles of Scientific Letters in Astrophysics (2000- 2015): A Diachronic Study of Type Distribution and the Relationship Between Title Length and Collaboration Issues

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Title: Titles of Scientific Letters in Astrophysics (2000- 2015): A Diachronic Study of Type Distribution and the Relationship Between Title Length and Collaboration Issues
Authors: Méndez Alcaraz, David Israel | Alcaraz Ariza, María Ángeles
Research Group/s: Holografía y Procesado Óptico | Inglés Profesional y Académico (IPA)
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Física, Ingeniería de Sistemas y Teoría de la Señal
Keywords: Titles | Scientific Letters | Astrophysics | Diachronic | Collaboration
Knowledge Area: Física Aplicada
Issue Date: Dec-2018
Publisher: Phcog.Net
Citation: Journal of Scientometric Research. 2018, 7(3):194-200. doi:10.5530/jscires.7.3.31
Abstract: This paper examines how some linguistic and extra-linguistic features of scientific letters published in well-reputed journals in the field of astrophysics (types and length of titles, as well as the relationship between title length and authorship patterns and collaboration practices) have changed over time. Our main results may be summarized as follows: 1) simple and nominal titles significantly outweigh compound, question and verbal titles, although the latter are on the rise; 2) the colon is the most frequently used punctuation mark; 3) the frequency of appearance of colons, full stops and commas increases over time; 4) there is a steady upward trend in longer titles, number of authors and countries; 5) Although over time authors contribute fewer words and countries involved in the research provide more words to the writing of scientific letter titles, authorship variations seem to be more relevant in relationship to the evolution of title length, i.e. title length is more author-driven than country-driven. A final diachronic cross-journal analysis confirms the co-existence of two different collaboration scenarios as already disclosed in a previous synchronic study on the same topic.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10045/86731
ISSN: 2321-6654 (Print) | 2320-0059 (Online)
DOI: 10.5530/jscires.7.3.31
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: © The Author(s). 2018 This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made.
Peer Review: si
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.5530/jscires.7.3.31
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