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. Annual Reviews
  2. Association of Canadian University Presses – Association des presses universitaires canadiennes (ACUP-APUC)
  3. Association of University Presses
  4. Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers
  5. Atla
  6. Bristol University Press
  7. Canadian Association of Learned Journals
  8. Canadian Science Publishing
  9. China Editology Society of Science Periodicals
  10. Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)
  11. Cinémas
  12. Copernicus Publications
  13. Council of Science Editors
  14. Council on Undergraduate Research
  15. СPС Business Perspectives
  16. Crossref
  17. Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
  18. Duke University Press
  19. Editorial Universidad del Rosario
  20. eLife Sciences Publications, Ltd
  21. Elsevier
  22. Emerald Publishing
  23. Epidemiologia e Serviços de Saúde: revista do Sistema Único de Saúde do Brasil
  24. European Association of Science Editors (EASE)
  25. Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)
  26. Future Science Group
  27. Harvard Library Office for Scholarly Communication
  28. Hamad Bin Khalifa University Press- Hamad Bin Khalifa University
  29. Information Power Ltd
  30. International Academy of Nursing Editors (INANE)
  31. International Society of Addiction Journal Editors
  32. International Society of Managing and Technical Editors
  33. Iowa State University Library
  34. IUCr Journals
  35. J&J Editorial 
  36. Jisc
  37. Knowledge Unlatched GmbH
  38. Library Carpentry
  39. Library Publishing Coalition
  40. Litinfinite Journal
  41. Liverpool University Press
  42. Mason Publishing/George Mason University Press
  43. The MIT Press
  44. NASIG
  45. NISO
  46. Nursology.net Management Team
  47. Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association
  48. ProQuest LLC
  49. The Optical Society (OSA)
  50. OrthoEvidence
  51. Pennsylvania State University Press
  52. PLOS
  53. Public Knowledge Project
  54. Research Square
  55. Rockefeller University Press
  56. Society for Scholarly Publishing
  57. SPIE
  58. SUNY Downstate Orthopaedics
  59. Syracuse University Libraries
  60. Syracuse University Press
  61. TBI Communications
  62. Thunken
  63. Universidade Federal Da Bahia
  64. University of Ottawa Press
  65. Publications Unit, School of Education, The University of the West Indies
  66. Vilnius University Press
  67. Virtus Interpress
  68. Wiley Publishing
  69. 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.