Inappropriate or offensive content
Our aim is for all published material to be respectful, accurate and relevant. We have a shared responsibility to guard against all forms of discrimination or exclusion. As an author or reviewer, please consider that words, depictions and imagery have the potential to cause offence. The concept of offence/offensiveness is subjective, and may mean different things to different people, therefore there we need to consider how content might be perceived by others.
Terminology and expressed attitudes must show respect for the identity, experience and sensibilities of everyone.
Listed below are some indicators that can be used to help identify what may be concluded as inappropriate content. This list is indicative and not conclusive:
- Insulting, hostile, defamatory
- Discriminates, excludes, undermines
- Harmful, hateful
- Threatening, abusive
- Likely to be upsetting, insulting or objectionable to some or most people
- Perpetuate discriminatory and stereotypical ideas
- Harassment: unwanted [content] that makes others feel intimidated or humiliate
- Bigotry: animosity, hostility, malice, ridicule
- Aberrations: depiction of ideas, beliefs, symbols or events
- Stereotypes: stereotype threat, assumptions
- Derogatory demographic descriptors
- Material (images, video, audio, or text) that presents explicit/exploitive, obscene or degrading text, pictures, illustrations*
- Any content that could reasonably offend someone on the basis of their age, gender, race, sexual orientation, religious or political beliefs, marital or parental status, physical features, national origin, social status or disability
* We are aware that some areas of research, such as animal experiments, can be considered controversial or offensive. It is our requirement that such work has been performed according to all relevant legal frameworks of the territory in which they take place, which will be clearly described in the manuscript or supporting information. All data will then be presented in an appropriate manner for the scientific content.