Academic writing is notorious for being filled with jargon and difficult to understand. In our work, we try to be mindful of who might read our research, including families or our colleagues in the health care system, so that our data and interpretations are described easily and clearly.
This article published recently by The Atlantic highlights a number of issues related to ‘opaque’ academic writing (including why people do it and what can be done to reduce it). More often than not, if we strive to ‘Keep It Simple, Silly’, we’re probably on the right track.
Want to improve the clarity of your writing? Here are a few do’s and don’ts from one experienced professor.