Academic writing can lead to some headaches when it comes to hyphenation. It makes sense for you to check on them before using them but here are a few hectic hyphens that I have encountered:
- Ongoing is one word. It has never been hyphenated. This was news to me as I’ve always hyphenated it and never been corrected?
- Counterproductive is one word.
Expression before noun
- Well established OR well-established?
The approach is well established OR it is a well-established approach. Use the hyphen when the expression occurs before the noun it modifies.
2. Work related OR work-related?
“Work related” is a compound adjective and whether or not you should use a hyphen depends on where it is located in the sentence. Once again, if it appears before the word it modifies, include a hyphen.