The Jargon Trap


David Tuller


active voice, mainstream writing, opinion writing, science writing, translating research to policy


New York Times

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Policy Summary

This article discusses the importance for scientists to be able to write scientifically, but also in mainstream policy language. Two suggestions are provided to aid in writing for a mainstream audience: 1) do not use formal citations and 2) do not use acronyms. Additional advice is given to tell the most important part first, be simple, specific, and use the active voice.

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