Writing Right in Academese: The Language of Academic an Research Report Writing

Writing Right in Academese: The Language of Academic and Research Report Writing
CLAREP Journal of English and Linguistics (C-JEL)

Author: Omowumi Olabode Ekundayo
Institution: University of Benin, Nigeria
Email: mayowa.akinlotan@utexas.edu

Author: Stanley Sokari
Institution: Bayelsa State Physical Planning and Development Board
Email: stansok@yhaoo.com


This article is an abridged pullout of chapter ten a forthcoming book on academic and research report writing, which examines the major features of academese. The paper presents and illustrates questionable features of language usually found in some academic writings with a view to making researchers and academics, particularly budding ones, identify and avoid them in  research report writing. Data for this article were sourced mainly from library materials and the Internet. The examples used for illustration were extracted from postgraduate students’ scripts, seminar papers, journal articles for blind peer review and other published academic works. The paper established that many research report writers, particularly novices, use “unscholarly” language to compose their works, thus tasking blind peer review and assessment, and making publishers and journals reject their good or bad work. Therefore, the paper recommends that budding research report writers should raise their competence and standard by reading quality academic journals and various research writing guides to acquire the skills, styles and mastery of academic writing; should write regularly; and should also ensure that they send their research report, particularly journal articles, to reputable and well-established journals published by experts in the relevant field.


academese, academics, research report writing, academic writing, budding academics

Pages: 31-59
ISSN: 2698-654-X
ISBN: 978-3-96203-100-8 (Print)
ISBN: 978-3-96203-244-9 (PDF)
DOI: https://doi.org/10.56907/gs6bxd76