Since academic writing solely involves working on papers that are meant to be presented for grading in academic institutions including colleges, universities, and high schools; everything that you write will have to go through an examiner/professor. Therefore, everything has to follow a strict laid out and pre-determined guidelines.
A well-written academic paper has to show the writer’s competency, understanding, and ability to present what is learned in class through written presentations. The ideas have to follow a certain pattern depending on the type of paper to be presented and most institutions tend to have very similar expectations and guidelines, with most of them only differing on the type of referencing style that has to be used. As an academic writer, you have to learn and perfect every requirement along with almost every type of referencing style that is available.