Gelman’s Advice on Writing Research Articles

Some silly but useful advice: go through and remove all contentless words and phrases, such as:
– “Of course”
– “Note that”
– “Interestingly”
– “very”
– “nice”
– “We can see that”
– “It is important to note that”

Andrew Gelman

I don’t encounter the word “nice” in many research articles, but the rest of these are common and useless. Cut them with extreme prejudice. – Ben

Read Advice on Writing Research Articles in Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science.

About the Author

Ben Butina, Ph.D.
Dr. Butina, who hosts the Department 12 Podcast, is an industrial-organizational psychologist with interests in training, leadership development, talent management, and positive psychology in the workplace.

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