Understanding Academic Writing and Its Jargon
It’s not unheard of for scholars to utilize needlessly complex syntax or overly expansive vocabulary that is impenetrable or not well-defined. When writing, avoid problems associated with opaque writing by keeping in mind the following:
The abstract contains a short summary of the article as well as a description of the objective, method, result and conclusion of the study. Keywords (or subject words), which identify the contents of the article, are also given in the abstract. An abstract is between 300 and 500 words.
- The methodology and methods ought to be reasonable for and appropriate to that which is being studied.
- Identify the methods used to identify and locate sources and the rationale used for selecting the sources to analyse. The detail should be sufficient so that the research process can be assessed, and reproduced by future researchers.
- Explain the procedures used for analysing the data and arriving at findings.
Replace with: finally, in summary, in a crisis
As different subject areas have their own conventions, do refer to programme handbooks for specialist guidance. You can also look at publications, such as research journals, in your area to see their writing style. If English is not your first language, or you would like to access more information and activities on academic writing, you can also get more advice from the links below. If you are a University of Reading student and English is not your first language, the Academic English Programme (AEP) provides training courses in academic writing skills, speaking skills, and pronunciation practice.
During this period, there was much gnashing of teeth and rending of hair about how terrible things were. However, there was also a euphoric sense of relief when the worst of the deadlines passed.
As academics, especially when we have left deadlines too late, it is very easy to blame a faceless someone from central admin for our own failings. And I am sure that from a compliance, health and safety, accounting, reporting, logistics or purchasing point of view, universities would run a lot more smoothly if it wasn’t for us pesky academics.