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