FAE guidelines

FAE guidelines (this is one version: judge for yourself please)

The operating principles of FAE (this is one version, judge for yourself)

Don’t give personal information.

Don’t use first person (I, we). Use the impersonal passive.

Don’t use overly short sentences.

Don’t use strings of short sentences.

Don’t use casual phrasing.

Use latinate verbs (e.g. investigate) rather than two-word verbs (e.g. look into)

Don’t use emotional or unscientific or undefined terms.

Don’t use ambiguous or vague phrasing.

Use standard phrases as much as possible (FAE is not literature)

Don’t repeat concepts in a sentence (avoid redundance.

Consistently use the same term for a concept (different from ‘writing’)

Long sentences can be OK; long and complex sentences NOT.

Max length: S-V-O-link-S-V-O

Don’t be a windbag. Make your point and stop.

Define your terms.

Don’t ask questions.

Combine sentences to show logical connection.

Use logical connectors to clarify the relationships between bits of information.

Always consider the topic position/stress position guideline (it’s almost a rule).

Nominalize for conciseness and to avoid ambiguity.

Don’t speculate except in the Conclusion section.

Don’t generalize unless your data supports it.

Avoid exaggeration or overclaiming (claim only what your data/evidence can support).