DJPH Nondiscriminatory Language

Nondiscriminatory language is mandatory for all submissions. The DJPH requires the use of inclusive language to address and describe all people, regardless of sex, race, ethnicity, and physical or intellectual characteristics.  Sexist, gender-biased, and racist terms should not be used (please see The University of New England Factsheet on Non-discriminatory Language for more information, accessed 2/19/2019). Statements made by authors that are defamatory or otherwise unreasonably critical toward persons or institutions may jeopardize the objectivity of the DJPH and create grounds for requested amendments to or rejection of the manuscript.

If race/ethnicity is reported, the authors should indicate in the Methods section why race/ethnicity was assessed, how individuals were classified, what the classifications were, and whether the investigators or the participants selected the classifications.


American Journal of Public Health Policy on Ethical Principles (based on WAME, Publication Ethics Policies for Medical Journals), adopted November 3, 2007.

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