Academic Writing

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The Basics

First steps for the becoming economist

Thomson, William. A guide for the young economist. Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press, 2011.

How to structure your paper

Kording, Konrad P., and Brett Mensh. “Ten simple rules for structuring papers.” bioRxiv (2016): 088278.

On the Process of Research Writing: Outlining, Drafting, Editing

Booth, Wayne C., Gregory G. Colomb, Joseph M. Williams, Joseph Bizup, and William T. Fitzgerald. The craft of research. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2016.

If you know how to read you are likely to get the idea how to write well, too…

Adler, Mortimer J., and Charles L. Doren. How to read a book. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1972.


Your identity, your audience, the purpose of your research, and the often neglected yet utterly important parts of your writing

Thomson, Pat, and Barbara Kamler. Writing for peer reviewed journals: strategies for getting published. London New York: Routledge, 2013.

You need to write more (often). Make it a habit!

Silvia. How to write a lot : a practical guide to productive academic writing. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, 2007.

On (planing, drafting, and revising) written arguments

Williams, Joseph M., and Gregory G. Colomb. The craft of argument. New York: Pearson Longman, 2007.

Succesful writing is stylish writing

Williams, Joseph M., and Joseph Bizup. Style: lessons in clarity and grace. Boston: Pearson, 2016.

Sword, Helen. Stylish academic writing. Cambridge: Harvard Univ Press, 2012.

Beware of Hyperprofessionalism!

Shapin, Steven. 2005. Hyperprofessionalism and the crisis of readership in the history of science. Isis 96(2): 238-243

The brief version

McCloskey, Deirdre N. Economical writing. Prospect Heights, Ill: Waveland Press, 2000.

Standard Reference Work

The Chicago manual of style. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2010.