About the Coalition

The Coalition for Diversity and Inclusion in Scholarly Communications was founded by 10 trade and professional associations that represent organizations and individuals working in scholarly communications. The Coalition was formed to discuss and address issues of diversity and inclusion within our industry.

A number of surveys in recent years have shed light on the lack of diversity in scholarly communications.  From issues of gender equality to the noticeable lack of ethnic diversity in our workforce, there is an increasing awareness that, as an industry, we are not a model of inclusivity. Publishing is truly a global enterprise yet that diversity is not reflected in our collective demographics.

Representatives from the 10 founding organizations first met in Boston, MA, at the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) Annual Meeting in June 2017, to discuss our shared interests in addressing these challenges and to share information about current initiatives to tackle the lack of diversity and inclusion within the industry. We agreed to continue our discussions and collaborate on possible projects starting with a Joint Statement of Principles. Working collectively, we can combine our resources and have a greater impact.

During the initial meeting, we identified a number of areas to focus on. These included developing a joint statement of principles; conducting market research; providing training resources, best practices, toolkits, and documentation for our collective memberships; and establishing outreach programs, curricula, events, and publications.

Representatives from the Coalition now meet monthly, and have started to implement some of these initiatives. We welcome other scholarly communications organizations to join us.

If you’re interested in learning more, please contact Melanie Dolechek, SSP Executive Director.

Mission, Vision, and Values

The Mission of C4DISC is to work with organizations and individuals to build equity, inclusion, diversity, and accessibility in scholarly communications.

The Vision of C4DISC is a socially just community that welcomes, values, and celebrates all who seek to contribute to scholarly communications.

The Values of C4DISC include:


  • value differences
  • welcome diverse perspectives


  • learn from different communities
  • make space for marginalized voices


  • eliminate barriers
  • be an ally

Founding Organizations


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Adopting Organizations

The following organizations have adopted the C4DISC Joint Statement of Principles:

  1. AIP Publishing
  2. American Ornithological Society
  3. American Society for Radiation Oncology
  4. Annals of International Medical and Dental Research (AIMDR)
  5. Annual Reviews
  6. Antiquity
  7. ACS Publications
  8. Association of Canadian University Presses – Association des presses universitaires canadiennes (ACUP-APUC)
  9. Association of Research Libraries
  10. Association of University Presses
  11. Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers
  12. Atla
  13. Bristol University Press
  14. Canadian Association of Learned Journals
  15. Canadian Science Publishing
  16. China Editology Society of Science Periodicals
  17. Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)
  18. Cinémas
  19. Copernicus Publications
  20. Council of Science Editors
  21. Council on Undergraduate Research
  22. СPС Business Perspectives
  23. Crossref
  24. Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
  25. Duke University Press
  26. Editorial Universidad del Rosario
  27. Emory University Libraries
  28. European Publishing
  29. eLife Sciences Publications, Ltd
  30. Elsevier
  31. Emerald Publishing
  32. Epidemiologia e Serviços de Saúde: revista do Sistema Único de Saúde do Brasil
  33. European Association of Science Editors (EASE)
  34. Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)
  35. Future Science Group
  36. George Washington University (Publishing Masters)
  37. Harvard Library Office for Scholarly Communication
  38. Hamad Bin Khalifa University Press- Hamad Bin Khalifa University
  39. Information Power Ltd
  41. Institute of Food Technologists
  42. Intellect
  43. International Academy of Nursing Editors (INANE)
  44. International Society of Addiction Journal Editors
  45. International Society of Managing and Technical Editors
  46. IOP Publishing Ltd
  47. Iowa State University Library
  48. IUCr Journals
  49. J&J Editorial 
  50. Jisc
  51. Journal of the Canadian Health Libraries Association
  52. Knowledge Unlatched GmbH
  53. KnowledgeWorks Global Ltd.
  54. Library Carpentry
  55. Library Publishing Coalition
  56. Litinfinite Journal
  57. Liverpool University Press
  58. Mason Publishing/George Mason University Press
  59. Mathematical Association of America
  60. Metropolitan Universities Journal
  61. MDPI
  62. Michigan Publishing / University of Michigan Library
  63. The MIT Press
  64. NASIG
  65. NISO
  66. Nursology.net Management Team
  67. Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association
  68. PNAS
  69. ProQuest LLC
  70. The Optical Society (OSA)
  71. OrthoEvidence
  72. Peer Community In
  73. Pennsylvania State University Press
  74. PLOS
  75. Princeton University Press
  76. Public Knowledge Project
  77. Research Square
  78. Rockefeller University Press
  79. SAGE Publishing
  80. Silverchair
  81. Society for Scholarly Publishing
  82. SPIE
  83. SUNY Downstate Orthopaedics
  84. Syracuse University Libraries
  85. Syracuse University Press
  86. Taylor & Francis Group
  87. TBI Communications
  88. Thunken
  89. UIKTEN – Association for Information Communication Technology Education and Science
  90. Universidade Federal Da Bahia
  91. University of Ottawa Press
  92. Publications Unit, School of Education, The University of the West Indies
  93. Office of Scholarly Communication and Publishing; University Library System, University of Pittsburgh
  94. Vilnius University Press
  95. Virtus Interpress
  96. Wiley Publishing
  97. WikiJournal User Group

Adopting the Joint Statement of Principles is a show of support for improving diversity and inclusion in scholarly communications.

If your organization would like to adopt the Joint Statement of Principles, complete the Adoption Form.