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How to write consistently boring scientific literature

by Michael Nielsen on August 26, 2007

How to write consistently boring scientific literature, by Kaj Sand-Jensen

Although scientists typically insist that their research is very exciting and adventurous when they talk to laymen and prospective students, the allure of this enthusiasm is too often lost in the predictable, stilted structure and language of their scientific publications. I present here, a top-10 list of recommendations for how to write consistently boring scientific publications. I then discuss why we should and how we could make these contributions more accessible and exciting.

Sadly, this is hidden behind a publisher pay wall. I particularly enjoyed the opening quote:

“Hell – is sitting on a hot stone reading your own scientific publications”
– Erik Ursin, fish biologist

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