Many standard ways of formatting references do not include the name or title of the work in question in the citation. A formal citation often consists of the author names, journal name, publication year, volume/page number or other details, but not the title of the work.
This seems ironic given that the title is usually the single most important little string of text one can have, to use to find a given paper. Especially since nowadays, the most common way of finding a paper is to Google it (historically, one would need to physically go to a library, and in that case it perhaps is true that knowing the journal name + volume and page numbers is more useful than knowing the title)
Personally, my approach is this: when submitting a paper to a journal and other formal writing, I follow the established conventions, but when writing anything informal, I always include titles in the references, for the convenience of the reader. Do you think this makes sense?
Are there any reasons for the traditional convention of omitting titles, other than to save ink and paper?