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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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Some succinct strategies

Here’s a quick lesson on making more from less.

Writing short does not mean writing superficially. It means producing the maximum meaning in the fewest words. Here are some suggestions for doing that.

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