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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 141-144

How to choose title and keywords for manuscript according to medical subject headings


1 Department of Physiology, M.K.C.G. Medical College, Ganjam, Odisha, India
2 Department of Physiology, Medical College and Hospital, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
3 Freelance medical writer, ORCID: 0000-0001-5039-9919, Odisha, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Himel Mondal
Department of Physiology, M.K.C.G. Medical College, Ganjam, Odisha
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ijves.ijves_15_18

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Background: Title and keywords are the two most important parts of a manuscript. The words or phrases used in the title or keywords should be selected wisely for a wider dissemination of the article. Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) terms are used to index article in MEDLINE/PubMed. Hence, choosing the title and keywords according to MeSH would be a better choice for authors. Aim: The aim of this article was to provide a technical guide for selecting words and phrases for title and keywords of an article according to MeSH terms. Methods: The most frequently used words in a manuscript can be identified by the help of word cloud technique. We showed an example of making a word cloud from the text of a manuscript. The method of searching MeSH terms in a manuscript text was shown with an example. Writing title and keywords with amalgamation of these two methods was described. Conclusion: This tutorial showed the use of two freely available tools on the World Wide Web (word cloud and MeSH on demand) for choosing title and keywords for a manuscript. This brief description would help authors in wider dissemination of research knowledge to the targeted audience.


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