<ul><li>Writing effective e-mail messages 1: </li></ul><ul><li>The subject-line </li></ul>Editing by Professional Editors
Writing effective e-mail messages 1: The subject-line It is not every day that you write, or even work on, a research paper; however, you probably write e-mail messages every day, and many of them are important for your research. This post discusses the importance of writing good subject-lines for your e-mail messages. Subject-lines are the equivalent to titles of research papers: just as you scan the titles of papers before deciding whether to read one, your correspondents will scan the subject-lines of e-mail messages in their in-boxes before deciding whether to click open a message, especially when it is from a stranger. This is why it is important that you write the subject- lines of your messages carefully. Here are a few tips.
Writing effective e-mail messages 1: The subject-line Always use a subject-line. A blank subject-line typically suggests spam mail; such a message may not even make it to the in-box of your correspondent. Not using a subject-line is like not giving a title to your document. A good subject-line, on the other hand, may prompt your correspondent to read your message. Keep the subject-line short . Short subject-lines will be displayed in full in the in-boxes. Kim Harrison, for good reasons, suggests an upper limit of 40 characters besides offering many other helpful tips in his article  titled "Carefully crafted email subject lines are vital for effective communication ."  http://bit.ly/wHtr4S
Writing effective e-mail messages 1: The subject-line Avoid words or phrases or characters that are common in spam mails . Words such as cash benefits , dollars , or money ; labels such as urgent , personal , and appeal ; and characters such as the dollar sign and the exclamation mark - especially multiple exclamation marks - are often suspect and trigger ‘spam filters'. Also avoid writing subject-lines entirely in capital letters. Use unique and informative subject-lines . Good subject-lines are specific: compare "Meeting today" and "Discussion on research budgets: 4 Jan. 2012 at 4 p.m.," and you will see for yourself the impact of specific subject-lines.