Why is academic writing important

How do you write scientifically? 3 years ago

An academic writing style is a must for academic work. But how do you actually write scientifically? The dos and don'ts of scientific writing can be found in this article at a glance!

Why is academic writing important?

Regardless of whether it is a seminar paper, bachelor thesis, master thesis or doctoral thesis - the following applies to scientific work: The first impression counts. This does not just mean the external form of the work; even if it goes without saying that coffee stains and smeared printer ink on the thesis are a no go.

Verbal and written expressiveness is one of the first criteria by which we judge our fellow human beings. Studies show that we Based on a person's language skills, decide in a matter of seconds whether we consider our counterpart to be intelligent. Professors and PhD students who correct scientific papers are not exempt from this. Even before examiners of academic theses can assess the methodological quality of the writing project, an impression of the is created after reading a few paragraphs Competency of the scribbler. For this reason alone, academic writing is one of the basic requirements for academic work. In extreme cases, the writing style alone decides whether the work is read to the end with interest and joy or not. And: like that Grading fails. You should therefore definitely know the rules for academic writing! You can read about them below.

Scientific writing ≠ complicated writing

Scientific writing should never be included "Complicated writing" be equated. It is a fallacy that good academic texts score with bulky sentence structures and the highest possible density of technical terms. On the contrary: in academic writing, that depends factual, concise and especially understandable Argue at. We have therefore put together a list of things that you should pay attention to or avoid when writing academic papers.

Scientific writing: In a nutshell

Things that make up a scientific writing style

  • short and concise sentences according to the "one thought, one sentence" principle
  • objective, distant language, d. H. few adjectives, no embellishments
  • Constructions for structuring trains of thought ("On the one hand, ... on the other", "It follows that ...")
  • Verbs instead of nouns (even if the nominal style is widespread in science: verbs make a text appear more lively and understandable)

Things to Avoid in Academic Writing

  • Tapeworm sentences that make it difficult to understand trains of thought
  • Filler words (e.g. "so to speak", "well")
  • Words that weaken the argument (e.g. "in principle", "in a sense", "certainly")
  • Generalizations and exaggerations (e.g. "immense", "enormous", "violent")
  • Word monsters (e.g. "crop failure insurance business")
  • multiple stringing together of direct quotations (better: indirect quoting)
  • excessive use of anglicisms
  • too many abbreviations
  • "I" -constructions like "In this work I compare the theories xy ..." (better: passive constructions like "This work serves to compare the theories xy ...", "In the following the theories xy are compared.")

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A very good contribution from Ms. Pauly! In particular, the things to avoid in writing may be minor details, but they can be found in so many academic papers. Many students should take these tips to heart.
Greetings from Berlin.

And I liked the way you wrote everything. Specifically, “Things to Avoid When Writing From a Scientific Point of View.” Thank you very much!