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. The British Academy
  15. The Canadian Academic Accounting Association / L’Association canadienne des professeurs de comptabilité
  16. Canadian Association of Learned Journals
  17. Canadian Science Publishing
  18. China Editology Society of Science Periodicals
  19. Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)
  20. Cinémas
  21. Copernicus Publications
  22. Council of Science Editors
  23. Council on Undergraduate Research
  24. СPС Business Perspectives
  25. Crossref
  26. Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
  27. Duke University Press
  28. Editorial Universidad del Rosario
  29. Emory University Libraries
  30. European Publishing
  31. eLife Sciences Publications, Ltd
  32. Elsevier
  33. Emerald Publishing
  34. Epidemiologia e Serviços de Saúde: revista do Sistema Único de Saúde do Brasil
  35. European Association of Science Editors (EASE)
  36. Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)
  37. Future Science Group
  38. George Washington University (Publishing Masters)
  39. Harvard Library Office for Scholarly Communication
  40. Hamad Bin Khalifa University Press- Hamad Bin Khalifa University
  41. Indonesian Navy Dental Institude R.E. Martadinata
  42. Information Power Ltd
  44. Institute of Food Technologists
  45. Intellect
  46. International Academy of Nursing Editors (INANE)
  47. International Society of Addiction Journal Editors
  48. International Society of Managing and Technical Editors
  49. IOP Publishing Ltd
  50. Iowa State University Library
  51. IUCr Journals
  52. J&J Editorial 
  53. Jisc
  54. Journal of the Canadian Health Libraries Association
  55. Knowledge Unlatched GmbH
  56. KnowledgeWorks Global Ltd.
  57. Library Carpentry
  58. Library Publishing Coalition
  59. Litinfinite Journal
  60. Liverpool University Press
  61. Mason Publishing/George Mason University Press
  62. Mathematical Association of America
  63. Metropolitan Universities Journal
  64. MDPI
  65. Michigan Publishing / University of Michigan Library
  66. The MIT Press
  67. NASIG
  68. NISO
  69. Nursology.net Management Team
  70. Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association
  71. PNAS
  72. ProQuest LLC
  73. The Optical Society (OSA)
  74. OrthoEvidence
  75. Peer Community In
  76. Pennsylvania State University Press
  77. PLOS
  78. Princeton University Press
  79. Public Knowledge Project
  80. Research Square
  81. Rockefeller University Press
  82. SAGE Publishing
  83. Silverchair
  84. Society for Scholarly Publishing
  85. SPIE
  86. SUNY Downstate Orthopaedics
  87. Syracuse University Libraries
  88. Syracuse University Press
  89. Taylor & Francis Group
  90. TBI Communications
  91. Thunken
  92. UIKTEN – Association for Information Communication Technology Education and Science
  93. Universidade Federal Da Bahia
  94. University of Ottawa Press
  95. Publications Unit, School of Education, The University of the West Indies
  96. Office of Scholarly Communication and Publishing; University Library System, University of Pittsburgh
  97. Vilnius University Press
  98. Virtus Interpress
  99. Wiley Publishing
  100. 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.