How would one say "if you will" in third person POV?

I'm constantly finding myself wanting to type this phrase in papers but I usually refrain from it since "you" is second person and my teachers are exceptionally strict when it comes to POV in research papers.

Normally, I just replace "you" with "one" but that doesn't sound very... smooth, if you will.

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    This seems like a casual phrase that I wouldn't even use in a paper. – amanda witt Feb 7 '13 at 6:53
  • Two people telling me not to use this phrase is good enough for me. I had a feeling that was the answer. Thanks! P.S. Do you mind posting that as an answer @BillFranke so I can accept it? – Brandon Feb 7 '13 at 7:01
  • posted comment as answer. – user21497 Feb 7 '13 at 7:37
  • Case closed, I see; but still I'm curious what you were trying to do. The phrase "If you will" is meant to address the reader of the paper - I mean, you are talking about use cases such as "we did a lot of research, or 'googling' if you will", right? So who are you addressing if you write it in the third person? – Mr Lister Feb 7 '13 at 8:07
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    @Brandon Maybe you can qualify that with "in layman's terms" or something. – Mr Lister Feb 7 '13 at 17:35

Why do you want to use this pleonastic phrase? What does it add to the research paper beyond a verbal tic? Eliminate all unnecessary words! These words are absolutely unnecessary. I've been editing academic research papers every day for the past 16 years, and I've never yet seen one with this phrase. It's strictly a phatic remark reserved for spoken English and dialogue. See this and this.

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