The help that the writer has received from persons or institutions during the research and writing process is often acknowledged in the finished text. Below, advice is given on how to write such acknowledgements in academic texts.
In academic writing it is appropriate to give credit to funding bodies, departments and individuals who have been of help during the project, for instance by supporting it financially or by giving feedback on the text during its composition and revising stages. Such brief written notes of thanks are called acknowledgements.
In journal articles, there may be a brief note indicating gratitude to those who have been of help, whereas acknowledgements in book-length studies (e.g. doctoral theses) will sometimes be considerably longer. Departments and publishers have guidelines and standards for how such acknowledgements should be phrased. Likewise, some funding bodies provide guidelines as to how their contribution should be credited.
Generally, acknowledgements contain the following elements:
- Full name of all individuals who are being thanked.
- A brief statement as to what kind of help the writer has received from each individual, group of people, scholarship, etc.
In some disciplines, ethical clearance or some other kind of permission is needed, and it is often stated in the acknowledgements that such permission has been granted.
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We have prepared this example of an acknowledgements section from a dissertation so you can see what a word of thanks might look like. Keep in mind that this section almost always forms part of a paper’s preface.
After an intensive period of seven months, today is the day: writing this note of thanks is the finishing touch on my dissertation. It has been a period of intense learning for me, not only in the scientific arena, but also on a personal level. Writing this dissertation has had a big impact on me. I would like to reflect on the people who have supported and helped me so much throughout this period.
I would first like to thank my colleagues from my internship at Central P. for their wonderful collaboration. You supported me greatly and were always willing to help me. I would particularly like to single out my supervisor at Central P., Ms. P. Buffay. Phoebe, I want to thank you for your excellent cooperation and for all of the opportunities I was given to conduct my research and further my dissertation at Central P.
In addition, I would like to thank my tutors, Messrs. R. Geller and C. Bing, for their valuable guidance. You definitely provided me with the tools that I needed to choose the right direction and successfully complete my dissertation.
I would also like to thank my parents for their wise counsel and sympathetic ear. You are always there for me. Finally, there are my friends. We were not only able to support each other by deliberating over our problems and findings, but also happily by talking about things other than just our papers.
Thank you very much, everyone!
Tilburg, June 28, 2014.