5 Tips to Write an Academic Journal Article

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Writing an academic journal is not that tough as it seems. However, there has to be some well-planned strategy to ensure that you come out with flying colour in your endeavour.  Let’s discuss the top 5 tips in this domain:


1) Have a well-chalked out strategy
You should first decide the reason you want to write journal articles?  You should define purpose for the same. Once you know your goal, you should then try to figure out as to how many empirical papers you have researched so far and how it’s going to help you out.

2) Analyse writing in journals in your field
Next in line task is to analyse a couple of journals in your field thoroughly. Looking at these, you need to decide how will you start and end your research paper. While the first sentence (usually) provides the rationale for the research, and the last gives a ‘contribution to knowledge’, you need to be specific while writing them for your journal article.  This is because these two sentences will form a total picture of your journal.

3) Draw an outline and start writing
Now you need to analyse what kind of writer you are. You should be able to decide whether you want to draw an outline before you write or you just start with it. Meanwhile, it is always beneficial to outline the main sections and then merge them with your target journal.

4) Always get a feedback from start to finish
It’s always better to obtain a feedback on your paper from peer reviewers. You should also proofread and edit your article before submitting to the journal.

5) Set specific writing goals and sub-goals
You need to have fixed deadline to complete the task of writing. This step includes defining the content, the verbs used in journal as well as the word length for the section. This might sound too mechanical for academic writing, but then it helps you out to make decisions about content, sequence and proportion for your article.

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Brandon has been working with PhD and Master’s candidates for their thesis and dissertation since 2007. He is a sports enthusiast and has completed his PhD in 2009. He works closely with students and candidates for consulting on academic documents.

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