Academic Writing

Writing in these forms or styles is usually written in an impersonal and dispassionate tone, targeted for a critical and informed audience, based on closely investigated knowledge, and intended to reinforce or challenge concepts or arguments. It usually circulates within the academic world (‘the academy’), but the academic writer may also find an audience outside via journalism, speeches, pamphlets, etc.

Typically, scholarly writing has an objective stance, clearly states the significance of the topic, and is organized with adequate detail so that other scholars may try to replicate the results. Strong papers are not overly general and correctly utilize formal academic rhetoric.

While academic writing consists of a number of text types and genres, what they have in common, the conventions that academic writers traditionally follow, has been a subject of debate.

Comprehensive and thorough knowledge on the field or subject of specialisation
Knowledge of common referencing styles
Excellent research and analytical skills
Outstanding comprehension of current issues
Ability to choose relevant and appropriate research resources and materials
Ability to present ideas clearly and coherently
Ability to think uniquely and independently
Fluent in English, articulate and able to write well in English
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