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I am a fan of using "we" in co-authored papers in order to avoid using passive voice. However, I tend to see passive voice, rather than active voice with "I," in single-author papers. Furthermore, I have read numerous suggestions to avoid using the first-person "I" in a research paper.

Isn't it appropriate to use "I" and active voice?

  • Thanks @ff524. I still think this question can stand alone because it is specifically addressing single-author papers, whereas the other question doesn't address this directly at all, either in the question or responses. – ybakos Jan 7 '16 at 20:52
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    OK, I changed the duplicate to one asking specifically about single-author papers. Note that the question doesn't specifically ask about third person vs first person, but the answers (particularly the one by Henry) address this. – ff524 Jan 7 '16 at 20:58
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    (Also see: Using first person or third person in papers?) – ff524 Jan 7 '16 at 21:00

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