The torment of academic reading

Last week we discussed research papers. Off course, this wasn’t new to me. After almost years of studying I have read dozens of research papers, which I consider to be the most annoying part of the whole academic research process. A lot has to do with the complexity of most research papers. Some papers are written in such a boring way that the urge to sleep hits me every time I start reading, which is a shame. I think that a good research paper is written in a clear, comprehensible way without altering the content of it. However, those research papers are rather rare, certainly when they already are a bit outdated.

They really should introduce a second peer review committee to investigate the readability of all academic papers. Scientific reading would be so much fun if the authors would add more color to their writing, throwing all that difficult jargon overboard and choosing the path of intelligible articles.

So, about last week. It was actually an interesting class. Not that I learned that much, but it offered a different perspective on the structure of a research paper. As a reader you don’t really watch the different parts of an article, like the introduction, body etc… but unconsciously you expect a certain structure. So, before actually writing a paper ourselves, it’s actually not that bad to draw out a bit on this.

I look forward to next week! :)

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