Science’s English dominance hinders diversity—but the community can work toward change

Posted on 10/29/2020 8:16:39 AM

“Surveys of Mexican, Spanish-speaking scientists and Taiwanese, Mandarin Chinese-speaking researchers revealed that these authors found it significantly more difficult to write scientific articles in English than in their native tongues. Writing in English also increased their dissatisfaction and anxiety. “The results are quite clear,” says David Hanauer, a linguist at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and co-author of the studies: English posed the same burden for both groups.”

—“Science’s English dominance hinders diversity—but the community can work toward change,”
Science Magazine, Oct. 28, 2020