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Call for Volunteers: Antiracism Toolkits

We are now seeking volunteers for the toolkits for Organizations and for BIPOC. We are seeing contributing writers, peer reviewers, copy editors, and proofreaders, in addition to co-leaders for the project. The bulk of project work will take place between January and May 2021. To volunteer, please complete the Working Group Application at C4DISC and indicate whether you are interested in the organizational or BIPOC guide in the "Working Group(s) Requested" field. Applications are requested by December 8, 2020. 

What if Instead of Calling People Out, We Called Them In?

November 19, 2020 | Jessica Bennett Prof. Loretta J. Ross is combating cancel culture with a popular class at Smith College. She is challenging students to identify the characteristics, and limits, of call-out culture: the act of publicly shaming another person for behavior deemed unacceptable. Calling out may be described as a sister to dragging, … Continue reading What if Instead of Calling People Out, We Called Them In?

Science’s English dominance hinders diversity—but the community can work toward change

October 28, 2020 | Rodrigo Pérez Ortega What can the scientific community do to mend linguistic injustice? When reviewing manuscripts, reviewers must focus on the science and not the grammar, Ramírez Castañeda and Hanauer say. Editors should stress this point when sending papers for review. Reviewers can suggest improving the English, but it shouldn’t be … Continue reading Science’s English dominance hinders diversity—but the community can work toward change

What We Can Learn from How Academics and the Public View Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity

November 4, 2020 | Susan Spilka This year, Emerald Publishing commissioned three surveys on academic and public views of what inequity feels like, the meaning of inclusivity, the barriers to it, and the benefits of an inclusive society. The surveys also explored perceptions of the role of research in overcoming the challenges to inclusivity and … Continue reading What We Can Learn from How Academics and the Public View Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity

C4DISC seeks part-time Community Administrator

C4DISC is seeking a part-time contractor to assist with carrying out day-to-day business of the growing organization and ensure the community is accomplishing its goals. The position overview and key responsibilities are listed below along with the professional qualities that are essential to performing the work. Successful candidates will have a strong commitment to advancing … Continue reading C4DISC seeks part-time Community Administrator

C4DISC announces new opportunities for scholarly publishing professionals to demonstrate commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity

The Coalition for Diversity and Inclusion in Scholarly Communications (C4DISC) is pleased to announce that it is now accepting new members, partners, and volunteers. C4DISC was originally formed in 2017 by a small group of trade and professional associations, to discuss and address issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) within the scholarly communications industry.

New Resource to Combat Racial Bias Now Available for Scholarly Publishing Professionals: The Antiracism Toolkit for Allies

August 6, 2020 – A new diversity, equity and inclusion resource for scholarly publishing professionals, the Antiracism Toolkit for Allies was published today by Toolkits for Equity in Scholarly Publishing project volunteers. A cross-organizational effort, the toolkit is the first in a series of three, designed to provide antiracism resources for allies; for Black, Indigenous, … Continue reading New Resource to Combat Racial Bias Now Available for Scholarly Publishing Professionals: The Antiracism Toolkit for Allies

World-leading publishers join in commitment to make research publishing more inclusive and diverse

June 24, 2020 | Royal Society of Chemistry The Royal Society of Chemistry has gathered publishers of more than 4,400 scholarly journals and tens of thousands of books in a landmark commitment to reduce bias. Publishers responsible for tens of thousands of peer-reviewed journals and books have signed an agreement to take a proactive stance … Continue reading World-leading publishers join in commitment to make research publishing more inclusive and diverse

C4DISC Statement of Solidarity Against Racism

C4DISC founding organizations represent nonprofit and commercial academic publishers, open access publishers, library publishers and librarians, and editors. As a collective, we are shocked, angered, and disheartened by the senseless murders of George Floyd, Rayshard Brooks, Breonna Taylor, David McAtee, Ahmaud Arbery, Trayvon Martin, Sandra Bland, Philando Castile, Botham Jean, Michael Brown, Stephon Clark, Laquan McDonald, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, Jamar Clark, Dreasjon “Sean” Reed, Ezell Ford, Michelle Shirley, Redel Jones, Kenney Watkins, and so many other black citizens, many of whom remain unnamed, in the United States.