When writing, you should use a formal, academic style. Academic writing does not have to be elaborate or complicated. A well-structured, straightforward paper is more easily understood and your ideas better appreciated than one filled with complicated sentences and words.
Strong academic writing must
- Be well-organized, with ideas presented in a logical order;
- Present objective analysis that is critical without being too negative or positive;
- Use clear language that is simple without being basic;
- Avoid emotional language.
Every field has its style of writing. The best way to become familiar with the style used in your field is to read and note how effective authors write.