The Inefficiencies of Traditional Academic Writing

Wise words indeed!

Sooner or later, we are going to be forced to re-examine how we do things and look for efficiencies. To my mind traditional publishing is hugely inefficient. Most of the words in an average, considered-well-written paper are in some sense superfluous: for the right audience, you can usually boil it down to a few statements. The audience has to know exactly how you’re using the key terms and you have to be allowed to refer to claims introduced elsewhere, but, in the right context a paper ‘s main contribution can be summarized very quickly. A lot of it is setup (background, definitions), rhetoric, and forays down the garden path of objections and replies to try to anticipate others’ thinking.

via The Inefficiencies of Traditional Academic Writing – Daily Nous

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