In Nature this week, Peter Fiske writes that too many young scientists put themselves at a disadvantage by adopting a passive voice both in their writing, and in their career development initiatives. Though science publishing has traditionally favored the passive voice — "10 µL of buffer was added," rather than "we added 10 µL of buffer" — Fiske writes that more young scientists have begun to employ a more active tone in their manuscripts.

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