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 roughly every other month, 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. Association of Canadian University Presses – Association des presses universitaires canadiennes (ACUP-APUC)
  2. Association of University Presses
  3. Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers
  4. Bristol University Press
  5. Canadian Association of Learned Journals
  6. Canadian Science Publishing
  7. China Editology Society of Science Periodicals
  8. Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)
  9. Cinémas
  10. Council of Science Editors
  11. Council on Undergraduate Research
  12. Crossref
  13. Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
  14. Duke University Press
  15. Editorial Universidad del Rosario
  16. Elsevier
  17. Emerald Publishing
  18. European Association of Science Editors (EASE)
  19. Harvard Library Office for Scholarly Communication
  20. Information Power Ltd
  21. International Society of Addiction Journal Editors
  22. International Society of Managing and Technical Editors
  23. Iowa State University Library
  24. Knowledge Unlatched GmbH
  25. Library Carpentry
  26. Library Publishing Coalition
  27. Mason Publishing/George Mason University Press
  28. NASIG
  29. Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association
  30. OrthoEvidence
  31. Pennsylvania State University Press
  32. PLOS
  33. Public Knowledge Project
  34. Research Square
  35. Rockefeller University Press
  36. Society for Scholarly Publishing
  37. The MIT Press
  38. Thunken
  39. Universidade Federal Da Bahia
  40. University of Ottawa Press
  41. Publications Unit, School of Education, The University of the West Indies
  42. Virtus Interpress

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, see How to Participate.