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