The active voice invigorates research stories

One of the fastest ways of sharpening up a research story is to write it in the active voice.

But it’s tricky. Many researchers are trained and encouraged to use a passive construction when writing up their work.

Some academic journals may even require the passive voice as a way of distancing the researcher from the research – almost as if it compromises the ability for the science to stand on its own.

Perhaps that works for journal publications. But it’s a lousy way to tell a story. Check out this video’s tips for tight, vigorous research writing by eliminating the passive voice.

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