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