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