What is Ghostwriting?

What is Ghostwriting?

The subjects

Academic ghostwriting occurs in most subject areas – but with very different frequencies.

The “soft sciences”

Academic ghostwriting occurs in most subject areas – but with very different frequencies.

First and foremost are the so-called soft sciences, ie those sciences that do not have a strictly defined methodological instrument and whose results often require interpretation – such as psychology, literary studies or sociology.

Ghostwriting in subjects such as mathematics or physics also exists, but it is less used.

The “soft” sciences, on the other hand, offer more space for academic ghostwriters. Although the reasons for this can not be determined with certainty, the following factors seem plausible:

A natural scientist who has his work written presumably has far fewer opportunities to portray it than his own. Especially if he can not understand the content himself, a simple understanding question is enough to embarrass him.

Scientific work, especially those describing experiments and their structure, closely interlink theory and practice. The outsourcing of the theoretical part to a ghostwriter is more difficult.

Natural science graduates find jobs in companies easier and are less likely to offer themselves as ghostwriters.

In subjects such as mathematics, a student has to acquire extensive specialist knowledge – even if a ghostwriter is able to do so, there is usually too little time or the customer would incur too high a cost.

In the social and behavioral sciences, however, the ghostwriter’s employer can easily learn from the text and adopt it.

Due to the variety of methodological possibilities and contents, there are many ways in which a work can be created. This provides the ghostwriters with freedom and customers some protection.

The quality

How can clients in the soft sciences ensure that their commissioned text is of high quality? On the one hand through a targeted selection of a reputable ghostwriting agency, on the other hand by examining the text as well as by the constant and as extensive as possible communication with the writer, which allows to set priorities correctly and prevent possible undesirable developments at an early stage.