Upcoming Events


ALLEA-GYA-STM Webinar on Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Accessibility (IDEA) in Scholarly Peer Review (17 November)

17 November | 12:30 – 14:30h (CET) – Online. [register here]


In this upcoming webinar, ALLEA (All European Academies), GYA (The Global Young Academy) and STM (International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers) aim to address the causes, consequences and possible solutions to structural biases in the scholarly peer review system.

The peer review system currently does not accurately represent the research community as a whole: women, researchers from the Global South and less-established institutions, early career researchers, and non-native English speakers are all among those under-represented. In addition, researchers not affiliated with established high-status institutions often experience a disadvantage when their work is submitted for peer review. Together, these biases directly affect individuals’ career progression and are likely to impact the quality of research outputs and diversification of the research system in general.


The discussion will be moderated by Jessica Polka, Executive Director or ASAPbio. Panellists include:

  • Michael Barber, Emeritus Professor, Flinders University Australia, and a steering group member of the International Science Council’s Future of Scientific Publishing project
  • Haseeb Irfanullah, Consultant and part-time visiting fellow at University of Liberal Arts in Bangladesh
  • Pradeep Kumar, Personal Professor at University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, and a member of the GYA
  • Nicola Nugent, Royal Society of Chemistry, Publishing Manager Quality and Ethics, and STM member


The webinar is aimed at researchers, publishers, editors, funders, policymakers — virtually anyone interested in advancing social justice within the global research community. We look forward to welcoming you online and engaging in a productive conversation on innovating the peer review system. For more information, please visit the ALLEA website




Upcoming Member and Partner Events

The following events are hosted by C4DISC Members and Partners. Please contact if you are a C4DISC Member or Partner and have an upcoming diversity, equity, or inclusion-themed event you would like to have posted.










Past Events

Webinar | Coalition for Diversity and Inclusion in Scholarly Communications: Antiracism Toolkit for Organizations

Tuesday, March 22, 2022 | 11:00 am–12:00 pm

Building equity and promoting antiracism at organizations are not the jobs of specific individuals but are collective responsibilities. This webinar will explore C4DISC’s “Antiracism Toolkit for Organizations,” written by a multiracial group of industry professionals. The toolkit is intended to help individuals at all levels within scholarly publishing organizations implement inclusive policies, procedures, and norms.

Join us to explore this tool for organizations to understand institutionalized racism, to better support staff who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), and to better serve BIPOC authors, readers, and reviewers. 


Jocelyn Dawson, Journals and Collections Marketing Manager, Duke University Press


Jamaal Thompson, Vice President of Strategic Projects, Panorama Education

Erin Landis, Managing Director, Origin Editorial


Registration link and full details here.


ALPSP Training: Creating an Inclusive Culture

This course will be delivered virtually over two sessions on Tuesday 1 and Wednesday 2 March: 09:00-12:00 (EST), 14:00-17:00 (GMT) 15:00-18:00 (CET)

Improving diversity and inclusivity can seem daunting as the issues are so varied and best practice is not yet clear. This practical course will help you understand how to develop and implement a successful diversity and inclusion strategy, as well as providing advice on handling workplace bias and discrimination. Diversity and inclusion have never been higher on the news and social agenda, and this course will help delegates understand how to take practical steps to improve inclusion.

This training will be run via Zoom, and is designed to be as interactive as possible with breakout groups, pre-course work, polls, Q&As and opportunities for networking and discussion.



Researcher to Reader Conference

The Researcher to Reader Conference is a collaborative gathering which aims to be the premier forum for discussion of the international scholarly communications ecosystem – bringing knowledge from the Researcher to the Reader.  

The Conference normally takes place in London each February. The 2021 Conference was adapted to be a live and fully-interactive online experience for all participants, which received a 98% approval rating in the participant survey. The 2022 Conference, on 22-23 February, is planned to be a hybrid event, delivering an interactive and collaborative experience for both online participants and those who are able to come to the London venue.

The hybrid 2022 Conference programme includes a variety of session formats, intended to give each topic an appropriate expression, and to maximise interaction amongst all the participants. There will be Workshops, Panels, a Debate, Presentations, Lightning Talks and Networking.  Topics to be covered include: Early Career Researchers, OA Standards, Open Data, Disability Within Publishing, Open Books, Transformative Agreements, Business Models, The Hybrid Workplace, APC-free Open Access, Preprint Peer Review, Mergers, Acquisitions and Consolidation, Research Data Discoverability and Publishers and Libraries as Intermediaries.

The Conference runs an open Call for Papers between June and September each year. Conference REGISTRATION is open from October to February.  


>>Read about the full details here.


4th ALPSP University Press Redux 2022

The 4th ALPSP University Press Redux 2022 will take place virtually in partnership with Cambridge University Press during 17-18 May 2022.

Redux 2022 will approach the pressing themes of diversity and sustainability. Universities and University Presses are, by nature, mission-driven and these are challenging areas in which we should be leading the way. But often we are not doing enough, or we are not doing enough fast enough. Many UPs are limited in size, which comes with real challenges around diverse recruitment and the auditing of sustainability across a complex supply chain. 

With Redux 2022, we will take a practical approach, focus on implementation and not be afraid to ask the difficult questions.  

The closing date for applications will be 28 February 2022.

Read about the full details here.



Webinar | Coalition for Diversity and Inclusion in Scholarly


Ensuring Equitable Participation In Open Science

October 21, 2021 | 11:00 am–12:00 pm

Open access and open science are attempts to ensure knowledge is as widely accessible as possible. More and more publishers are launching open access journals and embracing open science principles. Questions remain, however, as to whether open access and open science are currently accessible to all. The most visible notions of open access and open science are primarily founded in—and have perpetuated—the values and standards established by organizations, institutions, and funders in Western Europe and North America. Open access and open science can therefore continue to exclude the very researchers that these models are supposed to benefit. For example, business models like article processing charges do not account for unequal access to funding. Other issues not specific to open access are exclusionary English-language style standards and unconscious bias in the peer review process.

In this webinar, we will explore how models of openness have not always resolved, and in some instances may have created, inequitable barriers for some researchers. We will unpack the impact of those barriers on researchers and propose some ways to overcome them.

>>Read more here.


NISO: Organizational Planning for DEIA: A 100 Level Course

NISO’s new online training series, intended to help staff at small- to medium-size organizations who have been tasked with planning a DEIA program or initiative. Organizational Planning for DEIA: A 100 Level Course is an eight-week course, with weekly classes at 11.30am-1.00pm ET (Canada/US) from September 17 to November 5. The goal is to help you organize your thinking by addressing questions such as: What needs to be considered? What will help lower the barriers to inclusion? Who needs to be involved? How will you measure progress? Course moderator Dr. Antonia Olivas (she/her/hers) is the Engagement and Inclusion Librarian at California State University San Marcos (the traditional territory and homelands of the Luiseño/Payómkawichum people).

If you’re interested, you can find more information on our website and the early bird discount is available through September 10 (there’s an additional discount for NISO members).


GW Ethics in Publishing Conference 2021 — Call for Presentations – Equitable Publishing

The 11th GW Ethics in Publishing conference will be held on Wednesday, October 27, 2021, as a virtual event. The theme of this year’s conference is Equitable Publishing.

The GW Ethics in Publishing conference is organized by the Master of Professional Studies in Publishing program, College of Professional Studies, George Washington University.

Deadline for presentation proposals/submissions: September 8, 2021. We will endeavor to accommodate as many presentations as possible. Registration for the conference is free.

For more information, please visit this page.


ALPSP Annual Conference goes virtual for second year: 15-17 September 2021

The ALPSP Annual Conference and Awards 2021 is to be run as a virtual event for the second year running under the key themes of ‘Discoverability and Accessibility’ and ‘The Great Reset: Scenario planning for life after COVID.’

  • Three-day virtual conference: 15-17 September
  • Keynote speaker: Harlan M. Krumholz, Yale Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation
  • Early Bird discounted rate ends on 31 May.

International trade body, the Association of Learned & Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) reveals its three-day programme will kick-off on Wednesday 15 September opening with the ALPSP Awards for Innovation in Publishing finalists and the keynote presentation. For 2021, ALPSP is delighted to welcome Harlan M. Krumholz, Yale Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation (CORE) who will present the keynote on ‘medRxiv: COVID Fad or Real Innovation in Clinical Research?’


Read more here>>>



Join the Open Source Community Call co-hosted by FORCE11, Dryad, and eLife on July 8th, 8:30am PDT, 11:30am EDT, 4:30pm BST)

Innovators share the latest updates and opportunities in research communication and publishing. Representatives from projects present in a ‘lightning talk’ format, 10 minutes or less, to share about projects and communities that are emerging or underway, so we can learn more about available open resources, where we can engage or contribute and consider where collaboration can contribute to the path forward.

July 2021 – Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

In July 2021, presenters will focus on topics of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in research communications.

For more information follow this link.


Intersectionality: Considering Identity When Working Towards a More Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive Future

Tuesday, June 15, 2021 | 11:00 am–12:00 pm EDT

As individuals, we are never just one identity, and the concept of intersectionality highlights how multiple, overlapping identities—for example, race, class, gender, and sexuality—contribute to the ways in which marginalized groups of people experience discrimination. In this webinar, we’ll ask how this layering of identities impacts our experience of and contribution to our working environment. Join us as we explore what intersectionality means, how it can shape our professional experience, and what we can do to better support ourselves and our colleagues. 


Laura Martin is Senior Project and Change Manager at Wiley, where she co-chairs the Women of Wiley Employee Resource Group. She has written about the importance of inclusion in delivering business change that “sticks” in The Scholarly Kitchen and is on the SSP Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. Laura has worked in strategy and business change roles in academic publishing for over eight years and is passionate about cultivating a cross-functional and inclusive approach to transformational business change. Laura lives in Oxford, UK.


Axelle Ahanhanzo is Customer Success Manager at Elsevier, where she has been working for the past three years. Next to her work, she volunteers as the co-leader and co-founder of Embrace, an Elsevier Employee Resource Group (ERG) focused on race and ethnicity. She holds a BA in modern languages and European studies from the University of Birmingham (UK), an MSc in corporate communication from the University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands) and a certificate in DE & I in the workplace from the University of South Florida Muma College of Business.

Andolyn Medina is a naval officer, currently in her third year of her doctoral degree in clinical psychology at George Washington University. In 2017, she graduated with her MA in forensic psychology, summa cum laude, and in August 2020, she received her MPsy in clinical psychology. In addition to being a full-time student, Andolyn is also seeing patients via teletherapy.

She’s committed to combatting human trafficking while promoting, educating and bringing awareness to this billion-dollar industry to schools, businesses, administrators, law enforcements, and parents. Medina is currently a volunteer with FAIR (Free, Aspire, Inspire and Restore) Girls, where she conducts presentations, webinars, and training and provides resources to victims. She’s actively involved with national organizations such as the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) and National Center for Victims of Crime, as well as the Georgia-based national initiative Demand an End. She’s an active member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. (Xi Omega Chapter) and enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with her puppy, Knowles, who is named after Beyonce.

Derek Victor (pronouns: he/him) is a cisgender, white, queer, disabled educator, writer and activist based in Ireland. He works with academic and corporate organisations on anti-prejudice activities, with a focus on the experiences of students and workers with disabilities, neurodiversities, learning differences, and mental health differences. He also offers training on the intersection of protected, marginalized, and privileged identities and the practices on diversity and inclusion through the lens of disability. He also works as a communications consultant, combining his knowledge of intersectionality, his background in biology and linguistics, and his talent for storytelling to help people in academia and industry to get their message across in a contemporary way.



Quiet Leadership: Discovering the New Strategic Advantage and the Hidden Talent in Your Organization

Wednesday, March 3, 2021 | 11:00 am ET

“A leader is like a shepherd. He stays behind the flock, letting the most nimble go out ahead, whereupon the others follow, not realizing that all along they are being directed from behind,” wrote Nelson Mandela in his autobiography. In the United States, leadership is closely connected to charisma and visibility. If you are not visible, you are not a leader. In many other parts of the world, especially in Asian cultures, leadership is not about being visible. It is the opposite: quietly doing your work and assuming that rewards will come. Can tacit assumptions about leadership lead to different outcomes regarding who occupies top leadership positions in corporate America and other organizations? What is the reason that despite founding one-fourth of firms in Silicon Valley during the technology boom, Asian Americans are still perceived as not “leadership material?” The evidence suggests that Asian Americans, a mere 5% of the U.S population, have contributed a significantly high proportion of entrepreneurs and innovators. But they practice a form of quiet or invisible leadership because of an unconscious, deeprooted cultural assumption that leadership is about enabling and empowering, not about bringing attention to oneself and shining. Based on Dr. Thatchenkery’s new book on this topic, the talk will highlight the leadership contributions of Asian Americans in organizational settings. It will show that empowering such invisible leaders can create meaningful and positive change in organizations.


Dr. Tojo ThatchenkeryGeorge Mason University

Tojo Thatchenkery (PhD, Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University) is an internationally known speaker, consultant, and educator. He is professor and director of the Organization Development and Knowledge Management program at George Mason University, Arlington, Virginia. He is the author of over a dozen books and hundreds of articles. Thatchenkery has extensive consulting experience in change management, leadership development, organization design and strategy, diversity, and knowledge management.

His research and consulting also focus on Asian Americans and organizational mobility. Starting with his special issue of the Journal of Applied Behavioral Sciences on this topic, he is one of the first researchers to analyze the human and social capital dynamics unique to Asian Americans in federal agencies and corporate America. Thatchenkery has over 25 years of experience in teaching at various public policy, MBA, organization development, and executive development programs in the United States, Canada, South America, Europe, Australia, and Asia.

Produced by the Society for Scholarly Publishing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. 



Creating an Inclusive Culture

ALPSP | March 2-3, 2021 | Registration Fee Applies
Improving diversity and inclusivity can seem daunting, as the issues are so varied and best practice is not yet clear. This practical course will help you understand how to develop and implement a successful diversity and inclusion strategy, as well as providing advice on handling workplace bias and discrimination. Diversity and inclusion have never been higher on the news and social agenda, and this course will help delegates understand how to take practical steps to improve inclusion.

More information>>



Navigating International Communication in Scholarly Publishing

ISMTE | March 19, 2021 | Free

Scholarly publishing requires cooperation from researchers, editors, and journal staff around the globe. This session draws on the experiences of three panelists who have worked in editorial offices in various parts of the world. Attendees will learn about cultural differences in etiquette and how to build strong relationships internationally.

More information>>