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February 2022

APA Style endorses APA’s inclusive language guidelines for authors writing any type of work, from student papers and professional manuscripts to business documents and personal or informal works. These 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” (p. iii). They also “explain the origins for problematic terms and phrases and offer suitable alternatives or more contemporary replacements” (p. iii).

The inclusive language guidelines draw directly from the bias-free language guidelines in Chapter 5 of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Seventh Edition and should be used in conjunction with those guidelines.

In this post on the APA Style blog, Dr. Maysa Akbar, APA’s chief diversity officer, outlines three key things to know about APA’s inclusive language guidelines.

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Last updated: March 2022Date created: October 2019