HowTo: Write consistently boring scientific literature

Kaj Sand-Jensen has some advice (Point 10 is my favourite):

  1. Avoid focus;
  2. Avoid originality and personality;
  3. Write long contributions;
  4. Remove most implications and every speculation;
  5. Leave out illustrations, particularly good ones;
  6. Omit necessary steps of reasoning;
  7. Use many abbreviations and technical terms;
  8. Suppress humour and flowery language;
  9. Degrade species and biology to statistical elements; and,
  10. Quote numerous papers for self-evident statements.

Via Improbable Research, which also links to How to make a scientific lecture unbearable (Yeah, right–I need lots of pointers on that one 🙂

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