Titling Articles

A number of papers in the academic literature use words in the title like: Understanding, Examining, Studying, Determining, Assessing, Modeling, Evaluating, Impacts of, Effects of, etc. I am guilty of this myself in some papers where insufficient thought goes into the name. Often these words can be eliminated.
There is no formula for good titles. There are however statistics on what types of words and punctuation marks lead to better or worse citation rates (Huggett 2011). As a simple illustration, there is a reason Adam Smith’s “An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations” is shortened to “Wealth of Nations”.
In titles, as in life, Omit Needless Words.
Huggett, Sarah (2011) Heading for success: or how not to title your paper. Research Trends #24.