Scholarly Writing and Feedback

The best scholarly writing is precise and clear, impersonal and scientific in tone, and consistent in its usage of punctuation, grammar, and spelling.  Though not all scholarly writing conforms to “a report on the current state of a field,” it always reveals to some extent the interests and questions that are currently relevant to a specific community of inquiry.  This is important to understand for students of any particular subject because the questions and concerns that are relevant to currently constituted communities of inquiry are the ones that they will be addressing when they pursue their own research.  Lastly, scholarly writing is for an academic audience of specialists.  Though there might be some general interest scholarly writing that is published for a lay audience, this does not constitute the bulk of what is published.  The vast majority of scholarlship is produced for an audience that wishes to make use of it as the building blocks for a continuing conversation about what is known of and about a particular subject or question. Read More …