Guidelines on Inclusive Language and Images in Scholarly Communication

The Coalition for Diversity and Inclusion in Scholarly Communications has published their latest toolkit – this one focusing on language! This is a must-see toolkit for everyone, but it is particularly essential for nurses who are writing anything, anywhere – from nurses notes, to clinical summaries, to presentations, to reports, and any form of scholarly communication.

What is portrayed in the media reflects the status quo, and it is powerful in sustaining the status quo. True, changing our language will not immediately change the status quo – but it will go a long way in the long run to creating real change.

The toolkit includes the following sections on language:

  • Crime and incarceration
  • Gender, gender identity and sexual orientation
  • Health
  • Race and ethnicity
  • Age
  • Family and relationship status
  • Geopolitics
  • Immigration
  • Religion, atheism, spirituality

The Image guidelines include the following sections:

  • Inclusive images
  • Accesibility
  • Data visulazation

You can see the various sections of the toolkit here, and “jump” to any particular topic online. And, you can download the PDF of the toolkit – here is the download link

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