Bureaucrats and the overuse of the passive voice in science writing

I’ve found the following fine paragraph in the Autumn edition of Nurture, the magazine for past and present Nature journal authors. Linda Cooper writes on “How to make research accessible”:

Take the overuse of the passive voice. Scientists tend to think that the passive voice creates an objective tone. But when they rely too heavily on passive constructions, researchers rarely captures the enthusiasm they have for their work. Although such writing may be fine for bureaucrats, removing the scientist from an article, drains life from the paper.

Nurture autumn issue

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