Contents

List of tables and figures vii

Acknowledgements ix

SECTION 1

Introduction 1

1.1 The nature of academic writing 3

SECTION 2

The academic article 21

2.1 Titles 23

2.2 Authors 29

2.3 Abstracts 31

2.4 Key words 37

2.5 Introductions 41

2.6 Methods 45

2.7 Results 47

2.8 Discussions 49

2.9 Acknowledgements 53

2.10 References 57

2.11 Footnotes 63

2.12 Responding to referees 67

2.13 Proofs 71

SECTION 3

Other genres 73

3.1 Books 75

3.2 Theses 81

3.3 Literature reviews 87

3.4 Conference papers 95

3.5 Tables and graphs 101

3.6 Posters 111

3.7 Book reviews 115

3.8 Letters to the editor 123

3.9 Annotated bibliographies 127

SECTION 4

Other aspects of academic writing 129

4.1 Finding, keeping and disseminating information 131

4.2 Choosing where to publish 137

4.3 Delays in the publishing process 143

4.4 Refereeing 151

4.5 Sex differences in academic writing 161

4.6 Procrastination and writer's block 165

4.7 Collaborative writing 169

4.8 Productive writers 175

Appendices

A.1 Guidelines for academic writing 183

A.2 Guidelines for revising text 187

A.3 Abbreviations for American states used in citing references 189

Author index 191

Subject index 195

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