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IJAL 2013, 16(2): 1-19 Back to browse issues page
Author-assigned Keywords in Research Articles: Where Do They Come from?
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The current study attempts to explore the characteristics of author-assigned keywords in research articles as important constituents of targeted search in academic communities. To this end, the keywords of 200 research papers in the field of applied linguistics, in terms of domain, degree of specificity, and relation to the titles, were analyzed. To supplement the findings, the keyword choice strategy of a number of researchers with publishing experience in the field was also investigated. The analysis revealed a considerable rate of title-keywords match, especially with respect to field-specific keywords. This finding points to the importance of users’ field-specific background knowledge in locating relevant information on the web. The examination of authors’ viewpoints and strategies, on the other hand, helped to bring to light the complex and non-clichéd nature of keyword selection. The significance of authors’ diverging and converging attitudes and their implications for enhancing the success rate of keyword search are discussed.
Keywords: Indexing, Keyword selection, Author-assigned, Scientific internet search, Research article title, Bibliographic metadata
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Type of Study: Research |
Accepted: 2017/10/13 | Published: 2017/10/13
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Author-assigned Keywords in Research Articles: Where Do They Come from?. IJAL. 2013; 16 (2) :1-19
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