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Introduction to STEM writing 

Say It In Your Own Words: Paraphrase & Summary for Undergraduate Students  


Clarity in Scientific Writing

Introduction: Clarity in Scientific Writing 

Principle 1: Write with your Reader in Mind 

Principle 2: Use Precise Words to Better Convey the Details of your Research 

Principle 3: Use Simple Words to Avoid Unnecessarily Confusing your Readers 

Principle 4: Omit Unnecessary Words and Phrases that Don't Add Value to your Writing 

Principle 5: Avoid Using too many Abbreviations or Too Much Jargon 

Principle 6: Establish the Importance of Information by its Location 

Principle 7: Place Old, Familiar, or Short Information at the Start of a Sentence in the Topic Position 

Principle 8: Place New, Complex, or Long Information at the End of a Sentence in the Stress Position 

Principle 9: Get to the Subject of the Main Sentence Quickly 

Principle 10: Avoid Interruptions Between the Subject and the Verb, and Between the Verb and the Object 

Principle 11: Choose the Active Voice Over the Passive Voice When Possible 

Principle 12: Use the Past Tense for Completed Actions, and Use the Present Tense for Established Facts 

Principle 13: Aim for Having One Main Idea in Each Sentence 

Principle 14: Avoid Nominalizations and Use Active Verbs Instead 

Principle 15: Use Clear Pronouns to Indicate What Noun You are Referring To