What are article keywords?

All scholars submit their research with the hopes of getting it published and read by their peers. If a manuscript makes it all the way through to publication, but then can't be found by readers interested in that topic, the article isn't as effective as it could be.

Article keywords help scholars find the content they're looking for more easily which can increase your readership. They are simply descriptors that you write for the articles you've published on Scholastica. When anyone searches for published articles on Scholastica, your keywords can help them pull up the appropriate articles for their search terms.

Best practices for article keywords


  • Make your keywords specific when possible (i.e. Shakespeare rather than just theater).
  • Double-check your spelling — it's all too easy to type 'alanytics' rather than analytics!
  • Make note of hot-button issues in your field when adding keywords to your articles. Adding a keyword to an article with the exact phrasing used in discussions on that topic can help readers find your content.


  • Use abbreviations or acronyms as keywords unless they are widely known in your field.
  • Add use your journal name as an article keyword. Readers can already search via journal name, so that won't enhance the search results.
  • Force several terms into one keyword (i.e. 'laser endoscopy for kidney stone and other applications'. A better usage would be: laser endoscopy, kidney stone).

Adding and editing article keywords

It's easy to add keywords to your published articles on Scholastica!

You'll simply log in to your Scholastica account then navigate to: My Journals > Publishing > Articles and click 'Edit' to make changes to previously created articles and click 'Create > New Article' if you'd like to make an article from scratch.
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Steps to take in order to get to the article edit/creation page

Adding and editing keywords

Once you're on the article edit page, you'll add and update tags for that article by scrolling to the bottom header labeled "Article Section & Keywords".

From there, adding keywords is as easy as typing into the field that says "Add a keyword" then typing a comma to turn the word or short phrase into a keyword. So to create a keyword of 'education', you'd type: education, into the box.

If you've decided you no longer want a keyword that you've created for that article, you can remove it by clicking the 'X' on the keyword itself.
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Finding articles by their keywords

Readers can search through the published articles on Scholastica by clicking "Browse Articles" at the top of the page, then using the search box at the right to enter search terms.