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Scientific writing - we vs. I

bmartin at utmem1.utmem.edu bmartin at utmem1.utmem.edu
Tue Apr 8 16:34:04 EST 1997


In article <a-schmi-0204971926220001 at vortex5.life.uiuc.edu>,
a-schmi at uiuc.edu (aloisia t schmid) wrote:

> In article <5hbalo$pue at zam201.zam.kfa-juelich.de>,
> sabine at hlrz28.zam.kfa-juelich.de (Sabine Dippel) wrote:
> 
> > Since scientific writing was an issue here some time ago, and most people
> > in this group are native speakers of English, I hope I can get some opinions
> > on the following question. 
> > 
> > I am about to start writing up parts of my PhD thesis, which will be in
> English.
> 
> Dear sabine,
> 
>       I think it would sound completely odd in YOUR thesis to be saying
> we.  This is what YOU did for your degree and to share the credit at this
> point would be completely illogical.  Who cares if people think you are
> being arrogant?  Your thesis is the one place in your life you will get to
> be as arrogant as you want, with only a little censure...say from your
> thesis adviser or committee members.  I say go for it!  

Check with representative who reviews dissertations for your institution;
almost all places have a single person who checks format.

Regardless of all opinions, that representative likely has guidelines for
your institution to follow.

B. Martin



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