Are Interrogative titles bad?

Geoff Read g.read at NIWA.CRI.NZ
Fri Jun 27 13:41:19 CDT 1997


While scanning the journal Lethaia a segment in the instructions to
authors caught my eye.

"Avoid  titles that are assertive ('Conodonts are vertebrates') or
interrogative ('Are conodonts vertebrates?')."

What rationale lies behind this, and do taxacomers agree queries are  bad
style? I personally find such titles vaguely pretentious, but no
more than that. Is it partly that it's not a genuine question (unlike my
subject header :^)) - the authors presumably answering themselves?

(The recommended title was 'The relationship between ...').

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  Geoff Read <g.read at niwa.cri.nz>




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