Good scientific writing is:
- clear - it avoids unnecessary detail;
- simple - it uses direct language, avoiding vague or complicated sentences. Technical terms and jargon are used only when they are necessary for accuracy;
- impartial - it avoids making assumptions (Everyone knows that...) and unproven statements (It can never be proved that...). It presents how and where data were collected and supports its conclusion with evidence;
- structured logically - ideas and processes are expressed in a logical order. The text is divided into sections with clear headings;
- accurate - it avoids vague and ambiguous language such as about, approximately, almost;
- objective - statements and ideas are supported by appropriate evidence that demonstrates how conclusions have been drawn as well as acknowledging the work of others.
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