Inclusive Language Communication

Incorporating inclusive and nonbinary language as part of a publisher’s style guide and journal’s author guidelines is critically important. This category provides information on the importance of using inclusive and nonbinary language that allows contributing authors and future authors to feel included, invited, and motivated to submit their work to the journal for consideration. Further, resources in this category provide information on how to improve the use of inclusive and nonbinary language in publications that recognizes authors, study participants, and the journal’s readership as being valued and respected.

Guidelines on Inclusive Language and Images in Scholarly Communication
Coalition for Diversity and Inclusion in Scholarly Communication (C4DISC)
This Coalition for Diversity and Inclusion in Scholarly Communication (C4DISC) toolkit is a global tool, educational resource, and living archive to help all authors, editors, and reviewers recognize the use of language and images that are inclusive and culturally sensitive. This resource can be used at various steps of the scholarly publishing process, such as manuscript writing, peer review, and presentation of published output.

AMA Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors (11th ed.)
American Medical Association
Provides guidance on inclusive language regarding personal pronouns, race and ethnicity, socioeconomic status, persons with disabilities, and sexual orientation.

CDC’s Health Equity Guiding Principles for Inclusive Communication
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
These principles are intended to help public health professionals, particularly health communicators, within and outside of CDC ensure their communication products and strategies adapt to the specific cultural, linguistic, environmental, and historical situation of each population or audience of focus.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: Inclusive Language Guidelines
American Psychological Association
APA offers guidelines aim to raise awareness, guide learning, and support the use of culturally sensitive terms and phrases that center the voices and perspectives of those who are often marginalized or stereotyped.

The Language of Race and Ethnicity in Academic Medical Publishing
Journal of Osteopathic Medicine / American Osteopathic Association
Discusses editorial ‎policy/study ‎methodology/reporting ‎guidelines and guide for Authors/Instructions for Authors.

Scientific Style and Format: The CSE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers (8th ed.)
Council of Science Editors
CSE’s scientific style reference for authors, editors, publishers, students, and translators in all areas of science and related fields. Ninth edition is scheduled for release in 2022.

The Radical Copyeditor’s Style Guide for Writing about Transgender People
The purpose of this style guide is to help people of all gender identities and experiences practice more care toward those on the margins. The style guide is meant as general guidance, not concrete rules, with a focus on how to practice care toward people with diverse experiences of gender.

Thoughts on Sex and Gender Inclusive Language in Medical Publishing
Council of Science Editors
This editorial clarifies current issues around inclusive language for biological sex, gender, gender identity, and pronouns in medical journal publishing, with a focus on the AMA Manual of Style 11th edition. It offers some immediate solutions and outlines the importance of addressing these changes for authors, editors, and publishers going forward.