I or we

Should you refer to yourself as "I" or "we" in a single-authored paper?  Well, it depends on who you are.

 

Queen Elizabeth: We are not amused.

Queen Elizabeth: We are not amused.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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