academic writing

Much of this blog is about academic writing, and there is a lot of it.

I do intend to package these posts up in some way but am still trying to sort out how best to manage this.

In the meantime I’ve put some external sources and a few links to some posts here.

Writing resources

PhD 2 published a site devoted to provision of writing advice and links

Lingua Franca – a blog about academic writing

explorations of style – academic writing blog from Canada

scientific academic writing – a magazine and blog from Marialuisa Aliotta

Doctoral writing SIG

Thesis Whisperer

Writing across boundaries project

Some relevant blog posts:

Using metacommentary to specify your contribution

Front and backloading a text

learning from writing practice

finding the right writing time/place

templates for academic sentences

writer’s block

getting going with writing


on being a writer

SW – scientific writing

the pleasure of texts

writing skeletons

the quotation sandwich

13 Responses to academic writing

  1. I’m looking for resources on collaboration in writing for publication (co-authoring). Any suggestions?


  2. Dear Pat,
    Many thanks for including my magazine and blog in your writing resources.
    Please note that I recently moved my blog site to
    As a result, the link to the Scientific Academic Writing magazine is now:
    Could you please amend it in your list?

    Many thanks!


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  4. Steven Watson says:

    Dear Pat
    Really enjoy dropping into your blog from time-to-time. I always take something useful away. But I have a problem and it is to do with style. I never seem to be in control of my tenses when I am writing. When I write I seem to drift from present to past and back again like an itinerant time-traveller. I would be grateful for any advice you can offer.


  5. Jen says:

    Thanks Pat- enjoyed your book (and enjoying your blog). Can you recommend any advanced academic writing courses for research & academic staff ? Many thanks. Jen


  6. Hareem says:

    Really fruit full information you share with us Pat. as a learner of Academic writing i have found your blog very informative. can someone raffer any writing work to me plz thanks


  7. Kennith says:

    Helpful info. Fortunate me I found your site
    unintentionally, and I am surprised why this accident didn’t came about earlier!
    I bookmarked it.


  8. josephvrusso says:

    Really enjoying your site. Thank you for the time it takes to put together and maintain! Garth Stahl sent me your way.

    — Joe Russo, in South Australia


  9. Hi Pat, I’ve just created a short YouTube video informed by your ideas on identity-work and the scholarly ‘I’ in academic writing. I thought I’d share it with you as the inspiration behind it. I hope it’s done justice to your ideas, which I’ve found enormously useful both for myself and for my students. My intention is to use it as the prompt for discussion both in class and for distance students.


    • pat thomson says:

      Hi Cheryl. Very interesting. Barbara and I like the animation a lot. Thanks for sharing with us. We speculated that you’d need to talk a lot more in the actual discussion you have about how not to write as He said, She said – even though that’s the stage you go through. We’d be interested to hear more.


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