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.
Previous lessons in this series:
- Communicating science and research: Why bother?
- The benefits of brevity
- Some succinct strategies
- The active voice invigorates research stories
- Think your field is technical? Try this translational challenge
- Dissecting a research story