How to Write Consistently Boring Scientific Literature

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. Kaj Sand-Jensen presents here, a top-10 list of recommendations for how to write consistently boring scientific publications. He then discusses why we should and how we could make these contributions more accessible and exciting. Published in Oikos 116: 723-727.

How to Write Consistently Boring Scientific Literature

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. Kaj Sand-Jensen presents here, a top-10 list of recommendations for how to write consistently boring scientific publications. He then discusses why we should and how we could make these contributions more accessible and exciting. Published in Oikos 116: 723-727.

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