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