Did you know that the language you use in your paper’s abstract can significantly impact its citation count? Don’t believe me- See the Published Proof here.

Let’s break this down with a simple example. (Obvio expect an example of MOOC. You know my priority)

Imagine there are two scientific papers:

  • Paper A
  • Paper B

Abstract for Paper A:

“This study examines how MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) can enhance student engagement. The research highlights key strategies, analyzes user feedback, and suggests improvements for better learning outcomes.”

Abstract for Paper B: “This paper delves into the behavioral science interventions designed to optimize engagement in educational settings, focusing on cognitive and psychological factors that influence learning behaviors.”

Again, let’s look at the words used in these abstracts:

  • Paper A uses more frequently used words like “MOOCs,” “student engagement,” “strategies,” “user feedback,” and “learning outcomes.”
  • Paper B uses more specialized terms like “behavioral science interventions,” “optimize engagement,” “cognitive factors,” and “psychological factors.”

Following the same logic, Paper A, with its more commonly used words, might receive slightly more citations than Paper B. This could be because the abstract of Paper A is easier to understand and more appealing to a broader audience, making it more likely to be read and cited by other researchers.

And I walk my talk too 🙂

So, next time you’re crafting an abstract, remember:

  • Use simple, frequently used words.
  • Make it clear and accessible.
  • Engage a broader audience.

Your abstract is the first move in the game of academic publishing—make it count!