How to Participate

There are various ways that individuals and organizations can participate in C4DISC. In an attempt to focus our efforts and achieve maximum impact, membership in C4DISC is limited to consortial members that represent the organizations and individuals who work in scholarly communications. Organizations can get involved and have a voice in C4DISC initiatives directly as Partners. Individuals and organizations can also contribute to the work of C4DISC by volunteering their time, making a donation, or adopting the Joint Statement of Principles.

Members

Consortial groups such as societies and associations whose membership is composed of individuals, companies, or organizations, and whose mission and membership are related to scholarly communications, may join C4DISC as members. The membership year runs from July – June. C4DISC members must:

  • Publicly adopt the Joint Statement of Principles
  • Contribute financially to C4DISC annually per the dues schedule below.
  • NOTE: For 2020 Membership Year, C4DISC will operate on a pay what you can model due to the global pandemic that has financially impacted so many organizations. 
Tier Annual Revenue Above Annual Dues
Tier 1 $0-$99,999 $250
Tier 2 $ 100,000 $750
Tier 3 $ 250,000 $1250
Tier 4 $ 500,000 $1750
Tier 5 $ 1,000,000 $2500
Tier 6 $ 2,000,000 $3500
Tier 7 $ 3,000,000 $5000
Tier 8 $ 5,000,000 $7500

C4DISC members are expected to:

  • Disseminate the works of C4DISC
  • Assist with fundraising and recruitment of partners and contributors
  • Assist with administrative/operational functions as needed
  • Within a year of becoming a member, adopt a code of conduct that is in alignment with the C4DISC Joint Statement of Principles.
  • Appoint an official representative who will vote or otherwise participate in the governing body on the member’s behalf. As C4DISC membership grows, the size of the governing body may be limited, and governing body representatives will be determined by an election, with each C4DISC member organization casting one vote.

C4DISC members are encouraged to participate in working groups and are eligible to serve as working group leads/liaisons for C4DISC initiatives.

Benefits: Recognition of membership (public acknowledgement that mission aligns with C4DISC principles); have a voice in governance for the organization; be actively connected with a group that has a common DEI goal and common values.


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Partners

Organizations whose business/work is related to scholarly communications who wish to support the work of C4DISC. Examples may include publishers, libraries, industry suppliers, etc. The fiscal year runs from July – June.

C4DISC partners must:

  • Publicly adopt the Joint Statement of Principles
  • Contribute financially to C4DISC annually at any of the defined partnership levels.
Level Amount
Bronze $250 to $1000
Silver up to $2500
Gold up to $5000

C4DISC partners are encouraged to:

  • Participate in C4DISC market research initiatives
  • Participate in working groups
  • Inform employees about the work of C4DISC
  • Provide feedback regarding C4DISC initiatives

C4DISC Partners will be acknowledged as partners on the C4DISC website at the appropriate level for the year of their contribution.

Benefits: Recognition of Support (public acknowledgement that mission aligns with C4DISC principles); have a voice in C4DISC initiatives; participate in working groups; be actively connected with a group that has a common DEI goal and common values.


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How Others Can Get Involved

Organizations

Organizations that are unable to participate fully as a partner, but who have an interest in scholarly communications and wish to support C4DISC may do so in the following ways:

  • Make a donation (any amount)
  • Participate in market research or other C4DISC initiatives
  • Encourage staff to volunteer for C4DISC initiatives
  • Publicly adopt the Joint Statement of Principles

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Individuals

Individuals who work or have an interest in scholarly communications and wish to support the work of C4DISC can show their support in any of the following ways:

  • Make a donation (any amount)
  • Join a working group
  • Participate in market research or other C4DISC initiatives
  • Assist with administrative tasks

Benefits: opportunity to demonstrate the importance of DEI to you; give back to the community; help advance DEI issues in the industry; be connected with others that share a common DEI goal and common values.


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About Working Groups

The Steering Committee will create working groups to carry out C4DISC initiatives. Each working group will have an appointed member-liaison and a lead (or 2); individuals will be invited to join via a general call for volunteers. Working groups will be announced on our website and through our social media accounts.


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C4DISC has been founded by organizations representing constituencies predominantly in North America and Europe; we therefore bring a specific geographical perspective to our efforts to promote diversity and inclusion. We recognize that the issues we seek to address can take different forms in other geographies, and we affirm our commitment to welcoming and working with those organizations and individuals from any location who are committed to furthering our core principles. Because the founding members of C4DISC are based in North America and Europe, the documents we’ve produced so far therefore are in English. We encourage participants to translate our documents into other languages.