As I sit here, trying to write a paper, I found this article entitled "How to write consistently boring scientific literature" very interesting. The technique can be refined by putting the same emphasis on what is unimportant or marginally important as on what is really important to make certain that the writing creates the proper hypnotic effect which will put the reader to sleep. This is unfortunately true. I guess the motivation is to try to avoid making strong statements that might come back to haunt you, but the fear of making a mistake often results in roundabout reasoning and really boring statements. Yep, I totally see that one.
Science publishing: the humorous side
CiteSeerX — How to write consistently boring scientific literature
A well-written introduction of a scientific paper provides relevant background knowledge to convince the readers about the rationale, importance, and novelty of the research. Incomplete, inaccurate, or outdated reviews of the literature are the more common pitfalls of an introduction that may lead to rejection. This review focuses on the principles of writing the introduction of an article and provides a quick look at the essential points that should be considered for writing an optimal introduction. Writing scientific papers is currently the most accepted outlet of research dissemination and scientific contribution.
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I spend a lot of my time teaching students to respect the scientific article. We talk about why the peer reviewed article is the epitome of scholarly publishing, and why it deserves more esteem than other types of scientific publishing. But as all practicing scientists know, the peer reviewed journal article is not without fault. There are problems with the review process, complaints about the quantity of articles being published, and major concerns about rising costs.
I remember writing lab reports as an undergrad. We were instructed to write in passive voice, use jargon and remove all traces of humanity from our writing. My nascent attempts at levity and personality were stabbed at with red ink pens.