In fact, recent papers published in , for example, use "we" to establish an active voice.
Be careful when using "this study" or "this paper" with verbs that clearly couldn't have performed the action.
[Note: When a long phrase acts as the subject of a passive-voice construction, the sentence becomes difficult to digest.
Additionally, since the author(s) conducted the research, it would be clearer to specifically mention them when discussing the focus of a project.][Note: When describing the focus of a research project, many authors often replace "we" with phrases such as "this study" or "this paper." "We," however, is acceptable in this context, including for scientific disciplines.
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Writing in third person can be a simple task once you get a little practice with it.
For academic purposes, third person writing means that the writer must avoid using subjective pronouns like “I” or “you.” For creative writing purposes, there are differences between third person omniscient, limited, objective, and episodically limited points of view.