Currently, I am writing papers with rather short sentences: About half of them contain around 20 words, about 10% to 20% even less. I am doing this for three reasons:
- I find short sentences easier to read,
- prefer to show relationships using other means, such as colons and conjunctions (e.g. thus, because of, but),
- and thought the scientific community agreed upon short sentences being better.
Now I did some research and came upon contrary statements, for instance:
- This presentation from the University of Manchester advises that one use short sentences.
- This article about the science of scientific writing prefers long sentences.
- The ACS Style Guide promotes the happy medium.
So: Should I use long or short sentences, or a mixture, in scientific writing? Why?