Academic writing

academic writing

Academic writing means the formal requirements for literary works which document scientific research and work.

Although there are variations within individual disciplines, research fields, research and education institutions etc., it is basically possible to pinpoint the following requirements in that academic writing:

  • Is problem-oriented,
  • Is built on existing knowledge and contributes (new) knowledge within an academic community,
  • Is clear in its method and sets out its choice of method,
  • Substantiates and argues qualified viewpoints,
  • Uses objective, accurate language with correct punctuation and syntax, and
  • Presents sources in the form of formal, standardised references.

Many research and education institutions – both at home and abroad – offer support and courses in academic writing. Find out what is available at your institution:

Aalborg University (AAU)

Aarhus University (AU)

Copenhagen Business School (CBS)

University of Copenhagen (KU)

Roskilde University (RUC)

University of Southern Denmark (SDU)

VIA University College (VIA)

For guidance from a good English-language website, see:


  • 11.07.2013 Redigeret af Ditte Schjødt Svensson
  • 04.12.2012 Oprettet af Lars Jørgensen