JMIR supports person-first language. A good example of this is AMA 11.10.4, “Disabilities”.
Avoid labeling (and thus equating) people with their disabilities or diseases (eg, the blind, schizophrenics, epileptics). Instead, put the person first.
This approach can be applied to characteristics including but not limited to:
- Eg, use “Hispanic participants” instead of “Hispanics”
- Eg, use “person with AIDS” instead of “AIDS victim”
- Sexual orientation
- Eg, use “gay men” instead of “gays”
Please consult the AMA Manual of Style, section 11.10, “Inclusive Language”, and the GLAAD Media Reference Guide, 10th edition, for more information.