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Stylistic Features of Scientific Writing

These usually include:

  • objectivity of presentation;

  • use of impersonal monologue;

  • semantic accuracy;

  • clarity;

  • brevity.

The objectivity of the presentation can also be called reliability. In this case, the source of the message is usually indicated, that is, there should be a reference to who voiced a certain thought. Since the scientific style is rather dry, when writing a dissertation, it is worth operating only with facts, without including your own emotional experiences in the text.

As a rule, narration in a scientific text is impersonal or conducted in a third person, because all attention is focused not on the subject, but on the content, as well as on the correct logical presentation of certain facts. Therefore, the author's "I" is usually relegated to the background.

Nowadays, when writing a dissertation, the author usually expresses his opinion using the plural form of the first person (“we”). It is believed that in this way it is possible to give the necessary objectivism to the presentation. In some way, this is true, because this form allows you to speak on behalf of a specific community of people (a certain scientific group, school, etc.).

Semantic accuracy

It is one of the main conditions that provides practical and scientific value, in the information that is presented by the author in his dissertation. It often happens that one wrong word can completely distort the tone of the text, so you need to be very serious about the selection of each word.


Clarity is usually understood as the ability to clearly and easily express one's thoughts, in this case in writing. As a rule, many ambiguities arise where, instead of specific numbers, phrases with a generalized meaning are used. Also, authors quite often use abstract concepts in cases where they do not have specific information.


Brevity allows you to avoid many verbal excesses, clearly showing the quality of the text itself. There should be no superfluous words in a scientific work, since each of must stand in its place and carry out a certain function, and not clog the text. Therefore, if there is a lot of “water” in your work, then it is better to exclude it from the text, leaving only the most necessary in it.

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