Code of Conduct

The Coalition for Diversity and Inclusion in Scholarly Communications (C4DISC) was founded by 10 trade and professional associations that represent organizations and individuals working in scholarly communications. The mission of C4DISC is to work with organizations and individuals to build equity, inclusion, diversity, and accessibility in scholarly communications.

This Code of Conduct applies to all forms of participation in the C4DISC community, including, but not limited to:

  • Messages sent via C4DISC communication channels, both internal (e.g., Listservs) and external (e.g., social media);
  • Participation in C4DISC governance or working groups;
  • Participation in in-person and virtual events convened by C4DISC.

We acknowledge that our members have their own codes of conduct and enforcement policies and we support their efforts.

Standards of Conduct

The Coalition for Diversity and Inclusion in Scholarly Communications is dedicated to creating a harassment-free community for everyone regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), or other group status. C4DISC will not tolerate harassment of—or by—members or guests of the community in any form. Sexual or discriminatory language and imagery is not appropriate for any C4DISC community venue, whether virtual or in person. Community members or guests violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled at the discretion of C4DISC leadership.

Harassment includes offensive verbal or written comments related to gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion; sexual and/or discriminatory images in physical or virtual public spaces; deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording; sustained disruption of talks or other events; inappropriate physical contact; and unwelcome sexual attention. Professional conduct should be based on the principle of respect for others. Professional conduct does not tolerate exploiting any status or power difference.

Addressing violations of the standards of conduct

Formal reporting and enforcement mechanisms will be added as the community structure develops. In the meantime, if you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact the C4DISC convener (Melanie Dolechek, mdolechek@sspnet.org), who will work with the founding organization representatives to determine the appropriate course of action.

If someone is found in violation of the Code of Conduct of one of the member associations, then sanctions issued may extend to C4DISC participation as well. We will respect the judgment of our member associations regarding their Codes of Conduct.