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 email: c4disc@gmail.com.


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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. Becaris Publishing Ltd
  19. Birlesik Dunya Yenilik Arastirma ve Yayincilik Merkezi
  20. Brazilian Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery
  21. Bristol University Press
  22. The British Academy
  23. The Canadian Academic Accounting Association / L’Association canadienne des professeurs de comptabilité
  24. Canadian Association of Learned Journals
  25. Canadian Science Publishing
  26. China Editology Society of Science Periodicals
  27. Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)
  28. Cinémas
  29. Copernicus Publications
  30. Council of Science Editors
  31. Council of Editors of Learned Journals
  32. Council on Undergraduate Research
  33. СPС Business Perspectives
  34. Crossref
  35. CSRC Publishing, Center for Sustainability Research and Consultancy Pakistan
  36. Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
  37. Duke University Press
  38. Editorial Universidad del Rosario
  39. Emory University Libraries
  40. European Publishing
  41. eLife Sciences Publications, Ltd
  42. Elsevier
  43. Emerald Publishing
  44. Epidemiologia e Serviços de Saúde: revista do Sistema Único de Saúde do Brasil
  45. European Association of Science Editors (EASE)
  46. Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)
  47. Future Science Group
  48. Genetics Society of America
  49. George Washington University (Publishing Masters)
  50. Harvard Library Office for Scholarly Communication
  51. Hamad Bin Khalifa University Press- Hamad Bin Khalifa University
  52. Health Care Insider
  53. Indonesian Navy Dental Institude R.E. Martadinata
  54. Information Power Ltd
  56. Institute of Food Technologists
  57. Intellect
  58. International Academy of Nursing Editors (INANE)
  59. International Society of Addiction Journal Editors
  60. International Society of Managing and Technical Editors
  61. IOP Publishing Ltd
  62. Iowa State University Library
  63. IUCr Journals
  64. J&J Editorial 
  65. Jisc
  66. Journal of the Canadian Health Libraries Association
  67. Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy
  68. Knowledge E
  69. Knowledge Unlatched GmbH
  70. KnowledgeWorks Global Ltd.
  71. Library Carpentry
  72. Library Publishing Coalition
  73. Litinfinite Journal
  74. Liverpool University Press
  75. Manchester University Press
  76. Marine Corps University Press
  77. Mason Publishing/George Mason University Press
  78. Mathematical Association of America
  79. Metropolitan Universities Journal
  80. MDPI
  81. Michigan Publishing / University of Michigan Library
  82. The MIT Press
  83. NASIG
  84. NISO
  85. Nursology.net Management Team
  86. Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association
  87. The Permanente Journal
  88. PNAS
  89. ProQuest LLC
  90. ORCID
  91. The Optical Society (OSA)
  92. Origin Editorial, LLC
  93. OrthoEvidence
  94. Oxford University Press
  95. Peer Community In
  96. Pennsylvania State University Press
  97. PLOS
  98. Princeton University Press
  99. Public Knowledge Project
  100. PubWest
  101. Recenti Progressi in Medicina
  102. [re]Design Journal
  103. Research Square
  104. Rockefeller University Press
  105. Royal Society of Chemistry
  106. SAGE Publishing
  107. SciELO
  108. Silverchair
  109. Society for Scholarly Publishing
  110. Society of Behavioral Medicine
  111. SPIE
  112. Springer Nature
  113. SUNY Downstate Orthopaedics
  114. Syracuse University Libraries
  115. Syracuse University Press
  116. Taylor & Francis Group
  117. TBI Communications
  118. UIKTEN – Association for Information Communication Technology Education and Science
  119. University of the Western Cape Library
  120. Universidade Federal Da Bahia
  121. Universidade Federal de São Paulo
  122. University of Ottawa Press
  123. Publications Unit, School of Education, The University of the West Indies
  124. Office of Scholarly Communication and Publishing; University Library System, University of Pittsburgh
  125. Vilnius University Press
  126. Virtus Interpress
  127. Wiley Publishing
  128. 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.