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.
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
The following organizations have adopted the C4DISC Joint Statement of Principles:
- Association of Canadian University Presses – Association des presses universitaires canadiennes (ACUP-APUC)
- Association of University Presses
- Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers
- Bristol University Press
- Canadian Association of Learned Journals
- Canadian Science Publishing
- China Editology Society of Science Periodicals
- Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)
- Copernicus Publications
- Council of Science Editors
- Council on Undergraduate Research
- Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
- Duke University Press
- Editorial Universidad del Rosario
- eLife Sciences Publications, Ltd
- Emerald Publishing
- Epidemiologia e Serviços de Saúde: revista do Sistema Único de Saúde do Brasil
- European Association of Science Editors (EASE)
- Future Science Group
- Harvard Library Office for Scholarly Communication
- Hamad Bin Khalifa University Press- Hamad Bin Khalifa University
- Information Power Ltd
- International Academy of Nursing Editors (INANE)
- International Society of Addiction Journal Editors
- International Society of Managing and Technical Editors
- Iowa State University Library
- J&J Editorial
- Knowledge Unlatched GmbH
- Library Carpentry
- Library Publishing Coalition
- Liverpool University Press
- Mason Publishing/George Mason University Press
- Nursology.net Management Team
- Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association
- Pennsylvania State University Press
- Public Knowledge Project
- Research Square
- Rockefeller University Press
- Society for Scholarly Publishing
- SUNY Downstate Orthopaedics
- TBI Communications
- The MIT Press
- Universidade Federal Da Bahia
- University of Ottawa Press
- Publications Unit, School of Education, The University of the West Indies
- Vilnius University Press
- Virtus Interpress
- Wiley Publishing
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.