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