Learning to do academic writing

Joy Higgs, Lindy McAllister, Joan Rosenthal

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    Abstract

    Conventions of the academic writing genre include writing clearly and with correct grammar, punctuating according to the format required, using words precisely, avoiding long complex sentences, being consistent (with spelling, tenses'past, present and future'and active and passive voice), explaining and minimising jargon, limiting slang and colloquial language, and avoiding ambiguity. The level of formality of your writing varies with your audience. Following these conventions will help you get your message across, engage your readers and avoid confusion. Readers should be able to focus on your message.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationCommunicating in the health sciences
    Place of PublicationSouth Melbourne, VIC
    PublisherOxford University Press
    Pages54-66
    Number of pages13
    EditionThird / 6
    ISBN (Print)9780195579048
    Publication statusPublished - 2012

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    Higgs, J., McAllister, L., & Rosenthal, J. (2012). Learning to do academic writing. In Communicating in the health sciences (Third / 6 ed., pp. 54-66). Oxford University Press.