The extent to which the passive voice is used in the scientific journal article, 1985–2015

@article{Banks2017TheET,
  title={The extent to which the passive voice is used in the scientific journal article, 1985–2015},
  author={David Banks},
  journal={Functional Linguistics},
  year={2017},
  volume={4},
  pages={1-17}
}
  • David Banks
  • Published 1 December 2017
  • Psychology
  • Functional Linguistics
Some recent research has suggested that use of the passive voice in scientific writing has declined over the last few years. This study attempts to see to what extent that is true. The corpus consists of 32 scientific articles with 8 taken from the publications of the Royal Society of London for each of the years 1985, 1995, 2005 and 2015. Half of the articles are from Series A (physical sciences) publications and half from Series B (biological sciences). Overall there is some evidence that… 
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