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. Access to Justice in Eastern Europe
  2. AIP Publishing
  3. American Geophysical Union
  4. American Ornithological Society
  5. American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Publications
  6. American Society for Radiation Oncology
  7. Annals of International Medical and Dental Research (AIMDR)
  8. Annual Reviews
  9. Antiquity
  10. ACS Publications
  11. Association of Canadian University Presses – Association des presses universitaires canadiennes (ACUP-APUC)
  12. Association of Research Libraries
  13. Association of University Presses
  14. Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers
  15. Atla
  16. Bristol University Press
  17. The British Academy
  18. The Canadian Academic Accounting Association / L’Association canadienne des professeurs de comptabilité
  19. Canadian Association of Learned Journals
  20. Canadian Science Publishing
  21. China Editology Society of Science Periodicals
  22. Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)
  23. Cinémas
  24. Copernicus Publications
  25. Council of Science Editors
  26. Council of Editors of Learned Journals
  27. Council on Undergraduate Research
  28. СPС Business Perspectives
  29. Crossref
  30. CSRC Publishing, Center for Sustainability Research and Consultancy Pakistan
  31. Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
  32. Duke University Press
  33. Editorial Universidad del Rosario
  34. Emory University Libraries
  35. European Publishing
  36. eLife Sciences Publications, Ltd
  37. Elsevier
  38. Emerald Publishing
  39. Epidemiologia e Serviços de Saúde: revista do Sistema Único de Saúde do Brasil
  40. European Association of Science Editors (EASE)
  41. Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)
  42. Future Science Group
  43. George Washington University (Publishing Masters)
  44. Harvard Library Office for Scholarly Communication
  45. Hamad Bin Khalifa University Press- Hamad Bin Khalifa University
  46. Indonesian Navy Dental Institude R.E. Martadinata
  47. Information Power Ltd
  49. Institute of Food Technologists
  50. Intellect
  51. International Academy of Nursing Editors (INANE)
  52. International Society of Addiction Journal Editors
  53. International Society of Managing and Technical Editors
  54. IOP Publishing Ltd
  55. Iowa State University Library
  56. IUCr Journals
  57. J&J Editorial 
  58. Jisc
  59. Journal of the Canadian Health Libraries Association
  60. Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy
  61. Knowledge Unlatched GmbH
  62. KnowledgeWorks Global Ltd.
  63. Library Carpentry
  64. Library Publishing Coalition
  65. Litinfinite Journal
  66. Liverpool University Press
  67. Manchester University Press
  68. Mason Publishing/George Mason University Press
  69. Mathematical Association of America
  70. Metropolitan Universities Journal
  71. MDPI
  72. Michigan Publishing / University of Michigan Library
  73. The MIT Press
  74. NASIG
  75. NISO
  76. Nursology.net Management Team
  77. Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association
  78. PNAS
  79. ProQuest LLC
  80. ORCID
  81. The Optical Society (OSA)
  82. Origin Editorial, LLC
  83. OrthoEvidence
  84. Peer Community In
  85. Pennsylvania State University Press
  86. PLOS
  87. Princeton University Press
  88. Public Knowledge Project
  89. Research Square
  90. Rockefeller University Press
  91. Royal Society of Chemistry
  92. SAGE Publishing
  93. SciELO
  94. Silverchair
  95. Society for Scholarly Publishing
  96. SPIE
  97. Springer Nature
  98. SUNY Downstate Orthopaedics
  99. Syracuse University Libraries
  100. Syracuse University Press
  101. Taylor & Francis Group
  102. TBI Communications
  103. Thunken
  104. UIKTEN – Association for Information Communication Technology Education and Science
  105. Universidade Federal Da Bahia
  106. University of Ottawa Press
  107. Publications Unit, School of Education, The University of the West Indies
  108. Office of Scholarly Communication and Publishing; University Library System, University of Pittsburgh
  109. Vilnius University Press
  110. Virtus Interpress
  111. Wiley Publishing
  112. 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.