I was recently writing a paper to present at a peer-reviewed conference and I was advised (not by reviewers, but by prof before submitting) to not include bullet points and to instead write lists as sentences. This seemed so antiquated to me. Bullet points are so wonderful! Oh, let me list the ways! They:
- Promote Readability by drawing the readers attention and making it easier for them to quickly find your relevant points,
- Reduce Reader Fatigue by breaking up text, and
- Economize on key strokes by allowing you to avoid forming proper paragraphs.
Why would we ever ignore such a handy literary technology? I know very little about publishing, so I'm hoping this is just my prof's bias and not a problem for the entire field of economics. Has anyone else had this experience or have an opinion on the subject?
personal statement* IMO, not enough things are bolded or underlined for emphasis in academic journal articles. Why do we still write like it was 1950?