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I'm working on a draft paper which will likely have no coauthors. I'm wondering how to phrase my paper, and the abstract especially, in terms of voice. Which of the following should I prefer?

  • "We present XYZ ..."
  • "This paper/this work presents XYZ ..."
  • "I present XYZ ..."

The former sounds a bit too "royal", the second is the passive voice which I tend to avoid, and the third seems overly presumptuous.

What should I go for? Or - am I missing a fourth option?

Note: In case it matters, the paper is in some branch of applied Computer Science.