“We” in scientific prose
The exaggerated use of “we”, “our”, etc. may make scientific prose pretty heavy (I mean, more than it should) and show the authors as very self-proud fellows (which they probably are, but it is good manner to try to keep a level of false modesty). Here is my suggestion: use “we” for matters that are really the author’s choice. For instance:
- we investigate this topic; our paper shows…
- we choose these numerical values for the simulation
For other matters, try rather the passive form:
- Result of a calculation: “the result is found to be”, “the calculation yields”, rather than “we obtain” (after all, you expect everyone to obtain the same)
- Observation: “the expected peak is observed” rather than “we observe the expected peak”.
Of course, enjoy flexibility 🙂