Should you refer to yourself as "I" or "we" in a single-authored paper? Well, it depends on who you are.
If you're a royal, definitely use "we."
What some readers start wondering when they see "we" in a paper with one author
- Who's "we": you and your advisor?
- Why don't you want to take responsibility for this?
What to avoid
An unfortunate outcome of a writer's unresolved I-WE battle is a sentence like this one:
It was found that an increase in X led to increases in Y.
It was found by....?
In trying to dodge the "I/we" issue, we can fall into passive voice, and that is sure to either confuse our readers or lull them into a gentle slumber.
Some workarounds if you're shy about "I"
- This paper finds...
- The assumptions used in this paper...
- This paper shows that...
They're not pretty. But at least the reader knows who did what.
Post by Varanya Chaubey