Vol. 4 No. 1 (2019)
Essays and Opinion Pieces

On academic writing

Ellen Wilson
University of South Alabama

Published 2020-12-18


  • academic writing, research productivity, writing anxiety, writing apprehension, librarians and writing

How to Cite

Wilson, E. (2020). On academic writing. Journal of New Librarianship, 4(1), 193–207. https://doi.org/10.21173/newlibs/6/14


This essay examines the literature related to the craft of academic writing, with a particular focus on four academic writing how-to books. Three of the books present prescriptive plans for becoming a productive academic writer, while the fourth is based on a qualitative study of 100 successful academic writers. The article examines the advice within these texts, comparing and contrasting the recommendations of each, and then discusses the applicability of the works to the profession of librarianship.