I’ve moved on to the second of three academic writing projects I wanted to work on this summer (yes, I know I’m rapidly running out of summer…), which is a sort of review article on which I will be the only author. This creates an awkward situation in the introductory material, because it just feels wrong to use the first-person singular pronoun in an academic context. This is not a new problem for me– my advisor pointed out that the only place I used “I” in my Ph.D. thesis was in the acknowledgements– and other people have the same issue, so this seems like a perfect topic for a poll:
I won’t promise to follow the collective wisdom of the poll respondents, but I’m interested to see what people think. What is the appropriate way to deal with self-references in a single-author academic paper?