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Getting started writing a manuscript once you have some results you’d like to publish can be difficult. Despite having a general idea of what you want to discuss, the challenge comes in putting that idea to paper and deciding what supporting information to include and what to leave out. Without any clear guidance, writer’s block is certain. This is where creating an initial outline can help.
The Brief Outline
In our last installment on sensitivity in writing, we looked at the general importance of considering your audience and how your work is presented. We also covered specifics on how to spot inadvertent bias or prejudice in your work, and how to keep your language gender-neutral. In this post, we look at some more subtle details of inclusive writing.
Only mention differences that are relevant and use inclusive language
The way people write, along with the way people speak, is constantly evolving. Although at times there may be debate over the degree to which language should be reined in to consider of the sensitivities of various groups, a consensus has emerged in recent decades that the language we use in communicating with the public should be inclusive and free of bias.
In our previous post, we talked about the importance of avoiding verbiage and using overly long words for their own sake, to keep the expression in your paper clear, simple, and readable. While simple, concise expression is key to communicating your research clearly, it’s also important to use language that maintains the right tone for a scientific publication that will be read by a highly accomplished audience of researchers.