I was just editing tags for a question with only the “untagged” tag, and I noticed that there doesn’t seem to be an “academic-writing” tag. Given that a number of our questions seem to be about the process and contents of academic writing, this seems to be an oversight; I’m wondering if it was deliberate, or if we should create an “academic-writing” tag to cover these sorts of questions.

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It looks like there is a tag already, with the description:

Academic writing is intended for a critical and informed audience, based on closely investigated knowledge, and posits ideas or arguments.

Would "academic-writing" be a better name or synonym for this tag? Given the nature of the site, I'm inclined to think that the "academic" qualifier is implied. After all, questions about non-academic writing wouldn't be on-topic here.

  • Don't see any reason not to make it a synonym Dec 1, 2019 at 5:26

In addition to cag51's answer, there is also a tag. I think that the two tags cover the range of questions we get here about academic writing.

We can maybe create the tag synonyms "academic-writing" and "academic-writing-style" (for symmetry). However, the tag has already the synonym . I'm not particularly keen on having a proliferation of tags, maybe it's better to rationalize a bit on this one.


Also on writing.SE, we handle writing questions, including academic ones, technical writing ones, and other non-fiction, so migrating to that site may be a useful option? (Not like Writing has any mods left, of course.)

  • Hi, we discussed this possibility in this meta question. Maybe you can post a contribution also there on the basis of your experience on Writing SE. Dec 2, 2019 at 16:18

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