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You may think that scientific papers are cited based on the quality of their content, but there are other factors involved as well, says the Guardian's Ben Goldacre. For example, he says, the title can be very important. One recent study showed that titles of scientific papers are likely to fall into one of three categories — subject posed as a question, titles that describe the method, and declarative titles that state the conclusion.

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