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Quick tips for improving scientific writing
Use the active voice.
A recommendation was made by the committee that the study be halted.
The committee recommended halting the study.
Don’t turn verbs into nouns.
We reported the identification of a new risk factor for cancer.
We identified a new risk factor for cancer.
Don’t use a long word or phrase when a short one will do.
Physical activity can be regarded as an essential part of a child's life.
Physical activity is an essential part of a child's life.
Reduce abbreviations and acronyms.
The findings from HICs and LMICs were difficult to interpret.
The findings from low and middle-income countries were difficult to interpret.