Have you ever run a search for ‘Academic Writing’ books on Amazon?
I just have! And there are well over 15000 titles in the Paperback section alone!
No wonder you may get a little overwhelmed in case you want to buy one to improve your writing skills (a great idea, by the way, which I totally support).
So, I thought I’d give you a quick list of some of my favourite books on the topic.
I hope you’ll find the book that suits your needs. And if you have other titles to recommend, just post them in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you.
Here is my list:
H Glasman-Deal: Science Research Writing for Non-Native Speakers of English, Imperial College Press (2010)
A very clear and well-designed book that will take you step by step into the process of structuring the various sections of chapters in your research paper of thesis. Lots of useful tables with frequently used phrases of academic writing.
A Greene: Writing Science in Plain English. The University of Chicago Press (2013)
A little gem of a book! A must-read for all (students and staff) who want to improve their writing by applying some simple and practical strategies. Plenty of examples (and ‘solutions’) for you to practice your skills.
P Goodson: Becoming an Academic Writer – 50 Exercises for Paced, Productive, and Powerful, Writing. SAGE Publishing Ltd (2013)
If you are short on ideas of practical things you can to to improve your writing, here you’ll find plenty of suggestions and examples.
H Sword: The Writer’s Diet. Pearson New Zealand Ltd. (2007)
I just love the analogy between writing and eating! If you take the Writer’s Diet Test, but don’t get too disappointed with the results… It’s good fun to see at once where your writing is going wrong.
AM Koerner: Guide to publishing a scientific paper. Routledge (2008)
If you are new to publishing a research paper, this book will take you through every step in the process from choice of journal, to manuscript submission, to response to reviewers’ comments. Excellent advice even if you are not new to publishing!
W Strunk: Elements of Style. Dover Publications Inc. (2006)
A classic that never seems to go amiss. Some advice is probably outdated, but plenty is still valid today as it was almost hundred years ago, when the book first came out.
I Atkinson: Copy. Righter. LID Publishing Ltd (2011)
Not exactly a book on academic writing. But there’s nothing wrong about borrowing some of the best tactics that highly successful copywriters use to hook their readers!