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.


Crossref annual meeting and board election
October 31, 2023  


Call for abstracts due September 25, 2023


November 6, 2023 (TBC)


Past Events

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

13th GW Ethics in Publishing Conference
October 12, 2023

Chhavi Chuahan, Co-chair, Workplace Equity Survey and Anne Stone, Committee member lead a session about progress in diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility across scholarly communications. 

2023 NISO Plus Forum: AI & Machine Learning in Scholarly Publishing: Services, Data, and Ethics
October 4, 2023  

OASPA Online Conference on Open Access Scholarly Publishing
19 -21 September 2023
Programme and Recordings

Malavika Legge presented findings from this year’s workshops on Equity on Open Access and invited input from attendees.  

13-14 Sept , 2023 

Simon Holt, Senior Product Manager, Content Accessibility, Elsevier and Workplace Equity Committee member co-lead a panel discussion: Session 2: Building an Inclusive Workplace Culture, 13 September 2023, 15:15-16:15 BST 

Also see Session 8a: Diversity in Commissioning, 14 September 2023 14:50-15:35 BST


Demographic Information in Peer Review Systems: Challenges and Solutions 

Wednesday, March 22, 2023 

Insufficient representation among editorial leadership, editorial boards, authors, and reviewers remains a key barrier to promoting an inclusive and equitable scholarly publishing industry (Buchanan, et al., 2021; Hanson, et al., 2020; Roberts, et al., 2020; & Roh, et al., 2020). The systematic exclusion of groups including Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), women, gender non-conforming people, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and members of the disability community from scholarly communications is harmful to both the integrity of the scientific review and publication process and to those individuals’ careers (Roh & Inefuku, 2016). Collecting, measuring, and using demographic data to improve these gaps in representation are important mechanisms for enabling an equitable and inclusive scholarly publishing environment. This session will offer perspectives from several scholarly publishing professionals about how their organizations are collecting and using author and reviewer demographic information to improve representation and inclusion in the peer review and publication process. Speakers will address questions around challenges and solutions for collecting demographic data; they will also offer actions for addressing, measuring, and mitigating bias in peer review to create a more socially just science. Demographics differ by country and region, and so this session will offer global perspectives on these issues. Sponsored by SSP’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee.

Moderator: Rebecca (Becs) Kirk, PLOS

Holly Falk-Krzesinski, Elsevier
Dan Rogers, Oxford University Press
Alex Mendonça, SciELO

Combined slides can be found here




Antiracism Toolkit for Organizations

Tuesday, March 22, 2022 

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. 

Moderator: 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



Ensuring Equitable Participation In Open Science

October 21, 2021 

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.




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

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

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. 

Moderator: Laura Martin, Senior Project and Change Manager at Wiley

Axelle Ahanhanzo, Customer Success Manager at Elsevier
Andolyn Medina, Naval office
Derek Victor, cisgender, white, queer, disabled educator, writer and activist 



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

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

“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.

Speaker: Dr. Tojo Thatchenkery, George Mason University