In the spirit of promoting a professional working environment within the group, you are encouraged to follow the guidelines below when using email for research-related purposes. These are especially important when contacting researchers outside the group. If you are emailing me, strong divergences from the guidelines may result in infinite response delays.
- Use a salutation line. A valid exception to this rule is when following up on long multi-email threads.
- Fill in the subject line.
- Use an appropriate level of formality. If you do not know the recipient personally, it's a good idea to use the title ("Dear Prof. Smith", etc.)
- Clearly state the purpose of the email
- Keep it short and to the point
- Sign your email
- Use your official university email address if you are requesting any type of sensitive information.
- Use inappropriate forms of address (e.g., "Hey", "Yo", "Dude")
- Use text messaging-style abbreviations (e.g., "b4" for "before")
- Use inappropriate tone. A good guideline is to write as if you were speaking to the recipient in person. Overly terse/direct/informal language can be misinterpreted as rude. Elementary markers of politeness are a good idea.
- Use email under the impulse of strong emotion.