Physical Sciences Communication

Active or Passive Voice?

Should the active voice or the passive voice be used in scientific writing? The old school sides with the passive voice, claiming it is more objective because it preserves anonymity. Current recommendations, however, are that the active voice be preferred.

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Your editor, Dr. Brett Kraabel, graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1995 where he worked with Pr. Alan Heeger (Nobel Prize in chemistry, 2000) on the ultrafast photophysics of conjugated polymers. After graduation he spent two years in France working at the Laboratory of Applied Optics (LOA), where he applied nonlinear optical methods and ultrafast spectroscopy to the study of optical processes in organic and inorganic semiconductors. In addition, he began his editing career at the LOA as the in-house editor for English-language articles. He later moved to Los Alamos National Laboratory to work on ultrafast holography and on the photophysics of charge-transfer systems involving C60, nanocrystals, and self-assembled polymer matrices. In addition to his research, Dr. Kraabel continued his editing services with the LOA and taught physics and mathematics at the University of New Mexico.

Since 2001, Dr. Kraabel has lived in France and worked in fields ranging from x-ray optics to photocells to electromagnetic furtivity. After earning his MBA in Technology Management from the Grenoble Graduate School of Business in 2004, he founded Physical Sciences Communications to serve the communication needs of the scientific community. In addition working with Physical Sciences Communication, he also teaches at the Université Joseph Fourier and works as a technology and business consultant in Grenoble, France.

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Why use a professional English-language editor?

Put simply, it will increase your chances of publication and, once published, your citation count.

What to look for in an editing service

I. A native-English-speaking scientist

Of course, the editor must be a native English speaker—but this is not sufficient.