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 of Mechanical Engineers
  7. American Society for Radiation Oncology
  8. American Urological Association
  9. Annals of International Medical and Dental Research (AIMDR)
  10. Annual Reviews
  11. Antiquity
  12. ACS Publications
  13. Association of Canadian University Presses – Association des presses universitaires canadiennes (ACUP-APUC)
  14. Association of Research Libraries
  15. Association of University Presses
  16. Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers
  17. Atla
  18. Birlesik Dunya Yenilik Arastirma ve Yayincilik Merkezi
  19. Brazilian Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery
  20. Bristol University Press
  21. The British Academy
  22. The Canadian Academic Accounting Association / L’Association canadienne des professeurs de comptabilité
  23. Canadian Association of Learned Journals
  24. Canadian Science Publishing
  25. China Editology Society of Science Periodicals
  26. Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)
  27. Cinémas
  28. Copernicus Publications
  29. Council of Science Editors
  30. Council of Editors of Learned Journals
  31. Council on Undergraduate Research
  32. СPС Business Perspectives
  33. Crossref
  34. CSRC Publishing, Center for Sustainability Research and Consultancy Pakistan
  35. Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
  36. Duke University Press
  37. Editorial Universidad del Rosario
  38. Emory University Libraries
  39. European Publishing
  40. eLife Sciences Publications, Ltd
  41. Elsevier
  42. Emerald Publishing
  43. Epidemiologia e Serviços de Saúde: revista do Sistema Único de Saúde do Brasil
  44. European Association of Science Editors (EASE)
  45. Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)
  46. Future Science Group
  47. George Washington University (Publishing Masters)
  48. Harvard Library Office for Scholarly Communication
  49. Hamad Bin Khalifa University Press- Hamad Bin Khalifa University
  50. Health Care Insider
  51. Indonesian Navy Dental Institude R.E. Martadinata
  52. Information Power Ltd
  54. Institute of Food Technologists
  55. Intellect
  56. International Academy of Nursing Editors (INANE)
  57. International Society of Addiction Journal Editors
  58. International Society of Managing and Technical Editors
  59. IOP Publishing Ltd
  60. Iowa State University Library
  61. IUCr Journals
  62. J&J Editorial 
  63. Jisc
  64. Journal of the Canadian Health Libraries Association
  65. Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy
  66. Knowledge E
  67. Knowledge Unlatched GmbH
  68. KnowledgeWorks Global Ltd.
  69. Library Carpentry
  70. Library Publishing Coalition
  71. Litinfinite Journal
  72. Liverpool University Press
  73. Manchester University Press
  74. Marine Corps University Press
  75. Mason Publishing/George Mason University Press
  76. Mathematical Association of America
  77. Metropolitan Universities Journal
  78. MDPI
  79. Michigan Publishing / University of Michigan Library
  80. The MIT Press
  81. NASIG
  82. NISO
  83. Nursology.net Management Team
  84. Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association
  85. The Permanente Journal
  86. PNAS
  87. ProQuest LLC
  88. ORCID
  89. The Optical Society (OSA)
  90. Origin Editorial, LLC
  91. OrthoEvidence
  92. Peer Community In
  93. Pennsylvania State University Press
  94. PLOS
  95. Princeton University Press
  96. Public Knowledge Project
  97. PubWest
  98. Recenti Progressi in Medicina
  99. [re]Design Journal
  100. Research Square
  101. Rockefeller University Press
  102. Royal Society of Chemistry
  103. SAGE Publishing
  104. SciELO
  105. Silverchair
  106. Society for Scholarly Publishing
  107. SPIE
  108. Springer Nature
  109. SUNY Downstate Orthopaedics
  110. Syracuse University Libraries
  111. Syracuse University Press
  112. Taylor & Francis Group
  113. TBI Communications
  114. UIKTEN – Association for Information Communication Technology Education and Science
  115. Universidade Federal Da Bahia
  116. Universidade Federal de São Paulo
  117. University of Ottawa Press
  118. Publications Unit, School of Education, The University of the West Indies
  119. Office of Scholarly Communication and Publishing; University Library System, University of Pittsburgh
  120. Vilnius University Press
  121. Virtus Interpress
  122. Wiley Publishing
  123. 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.