Creating a Winning Academic Article
Certain disciplines are heavy in academic writing – English, history, philosophy, and political science to name a few – and therefore great writing is a very important part of the work. Academic writing is seen as persuasive, clear and thorough, and will likely be accepted by peers and professors as an authoritative work on a particularly subject.
Here are three ways to create a winning academic article:
Review Academic Articles in Your Field
Scan articles and abstracts in academic articles within your field, looking closely at their tone and style. Pay close attention to first and last sentences, transitions, and structure. You should also look for specific words that are commonly used to convey thoughts, as well as noting how quotes and other pieces of evidence are introduced. While you should look for ways to mimic some standards, don’t do so at the expense of your own writing style.
Set Specific Goals and Sub-Goals
Before even starting an outline or developing a thesis, you will benefit from writing down your intended goals and sub-goals for your academic article. What this means is in addition to stating what it is your audience should learn from your article, you should also state your word count and set parameters for each section. For example writing “My article will summarize and critique twelve Lewis Carroll poems in 800 words” provides you with a scope of work that should help steer the sequence and proportion of your article.
Have Your Academic Article Peer Reviewed
Before submitting your academic paper it’s always a great idea to have it reviewed by fellow students, advisors or professors. Most feedback you receive should be constructive and will not only help you in revising your academic article so that you have a better chance of publication, but also help your writing in general. Review feedback comments and consider making the suggested changes you receive. You might want to try writing an informal response – stating whether you agree or disagree – to each comment to ensure that you go through all of the feedback.
Take pride in the work that you do and take every phase of writing an academic article seriously. Take the time to plan your research, research, brainstorm, outline, write your drafts, and revise and edit. Giving yourself plenty of time and following the above tips should improve your changes of writing a winning article that will earn the respect and praise of your peers and professors.