Toolkits for Equity

Toolkits for Equity

While a growing awareness of racial disparities has resulted in a groundswell of support for inclusivity in scholarly publishing, the resulting initiatives would be more effective if our professional associations were able to provide training materials to help transform our workplaces and organizational cultures. As evidence of the interest and need, the project leaders of this guide have been contacted by individuals across scholarly publishing asking for resources about how to replicate workplace equity groups, what to do in cases of discrimination or microaggressions, and how to begin conversations about race.

In support of necessary change, the Toolkits for Equity project leaders submitted a proposal to the 2019 Triangle Scholarly Communications Institute to create three toolkits to provide resources for our community, for allies, for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, and for organizations. Taking the model from the American Alliance of Museums’ guides for transgender inclusion, these toolkits provide a common framework for analysis, a shared vocabulary, and best practices to address racial disparities specific to the scholarly publishing community. C4DISC is proud to host the Toolkits for Equity Project. Two of the three toolkits can be downloaded below.

This effort is the work of many dedicated volunteers. If you’re interested in participating in the development of forthcoming toolkits, please complete the working group application and indicate which toolkit(s) you’d like to help with.


View the Antiracism Toolkit for Organizations>>>

Building equity and promoting antiracism at organizations are not the jobs of specific individuals but are collective responsibilities. This toolkit, written by a multiracial group of industry professionals, is intended to help individuals at all levels within scholarly publishing organizations implement inclusive policies, procedures, and norms.

Through this toolkit, we provide tools 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.

The Antiracism Toolkit for Organizations is available as a download.

View the Antiracism Toolkit for Allies>>

The Antiracism Toolkit for Allies provides analyses of white advantage and information about how to disrupt racism and create work communities where everyone thrives. We wrote a guide specifically for white people because white supremacy grants unearned advantages to whites. The work of recognizing these advantages and actively resisting racism is the most crucial work that white people can embrace in order to create meaningful change.

Order Printed Copies of TFA>>

Duke University Press is offering printed copies of the Antiracism Toolkits for Allies at cost if you’d prefer to have a printed version for yourself or your entire team.

Use of This Toolkit

The content contained within each of the Toolkits for Equity in Scholarly Publishing is for informational and educational purposes only. It is NOT intended to be used as legal advice. Always research local, state, and national laws and consult with a lawyer before making any legal decisions regarding workplace antiracism.

CC-BY_NC-SA 4.0This document is published under a CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 license. As a result, you are free to copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format and remix, transform, and build upon the material. However, we ask that if you are adapting or customizing the content that you not substantially dilute the language or materially alter the spirit in which the content was originally written. We welcome others’ efforts to customize these guides to reflect their own specific contexts (regional, professional, etc.).

You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use. You may NOT use the material for commercial purposes. If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you must distribute your contributions under the same license as the original.

This license does NOT extend to third-party content, text or images, that has been cited. Please contact the original authors of any third-party content if you wish to reuse or adapt.

If you are using this toolkit, we’d love to hear about it so we can track its impact in our community. Please contact the publishers directly at to let us know how the toolkits have helped you or your organization.

Toolkits for Equity Project Leaders

Contact the Project Leaders>>

  • Niccole Leilanionapae‘aina Coggins, American Psychological Association
  • Gisela Fosado, Duke University Press
  • Jocelyn Dawson, Duke University Press
  • Melanie Dolechek, Society for Scholarly Publishing
  • Alejandra Mejia, Duke University Press
  • Damita Snow, American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Kerry Webb, The University of Texas Press

Antiracism Toolkit for Organizations Contributors and Participants

  • Axelle Ahanhanzo, Elsevier
  • Elizabeth Ault, Duke University Press
  • Avtar Banse, Elsevier
  • Linda Bathgate, Washington State University Press
  • Elizabeth Beltramini, Association of College Unions International
  • Gabrielle Bethancourt-Hughes, George Washington University
  • Gwendolyn Blue, American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Phillip Bogdan, Research Square Company
  • Ellen C. Bush, University of North Carolina Press
  • Khalfani Cargill, Knowledge Futures Group
  • Amanda Clark, George Washington University
  • David Congdon, University Press of Kansas
  • Jocelyn Dawson, Duke University Press
  • Matisen Douglas, George Washington University
  • Beth Fuget, University of Washington Press
  • Christine Gendy, George Washington University
  • Sarah Godlin, George Washington University
  • Corrine Gosling, George Washington University
  • Jade Grogan, Bloomsbury Academic
  • Stephanie Lovegrove Hansen, Silverchair
  • Gabe Harp
  • Christie Henry, Princeton University Press
  • Maxine Herman-Oakley, Elsevier
  • Erin Landis, American Gastroenterological Association
  • Kiarah Lee, George Washington University
  • Arielle Lewis, George Washington University
  • Babe Liberman, Digital Promise
  • Wendy Lochner, Columbia University Press
  • Sunni Losito, MSMI, American Gastroenterological Association
  • Cason Lynley, Duke University Press
  • Sadie Markley, George Washington University
  • Brenna McLaughlin, Association of University Presses
  • Olivia Mills, George Washington University
  • Vanessa Morris, Elsevier
  • Laura Niven, Annual Reviews
  • Abby Norton, George Washington University
  • Elliott Parris, Elsevier
  • Penny Penic, Jones Lang LaSalle
  • Karen Phillips, SAGE Publishing
  • Eva Podgoršek, Elsevier
  • Stephanie L. Pollock, American Psychological Association
  • Mark A. Puente, Purdue University Libraries and School of Information Studies
  • Sarah Ritchie, Wiley
  • Lily Rodriguez, Wiley
  • Bill Rowan, National Asphalt Pavement Association
  • Diana Samuel, The Lancet
  • Kim Shankle, American Society for Microbiology
  • Graham Smith, Springer Nature
  • Damita Snow, CAE, American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Madelene Sutton, AIP Publishing
  • Dawit Tegbaru, Knowledge Futures Group
  • Jamaal Thompson, Panorama Education
  • Randy Townsend, MPS, American Geophysical Union and George Washington University
  • Ambriah Underwood, George Washington University
  • Erin Valentine, J&J Editorial
  • Elizabeth Von Mann, George Washington University
  • Jeri Wachter, Independent Producer/Consultant
  • John W. Warren, George Washington University
  • Sarah Williamson, MA, American Gastroenterological Association
  • Emily Zoss, National Gallery of Art

Antiracism Toolkit for Allies Contributors and Participants

  • Elizabeth Ault, Duke University Press
  • Mike Baccam, University of Washington Press
  • Brielle Bennett, American Geophysical Union
  • Peter Berkery, Association of University Presses
  • Amy Ruth Buchanan, Duke University Press
  • Ellen C. Bush, University of North Carolina Press
  • Niccole Leilanionapaeʻaina Coggins, University of Virginia Press
  • Jocelyn Dawson, Duke University Press
  • Melanie Dolechek, Society for Scholarly Publishing
  • Gisela Fosado, Duke University Press
  • Catherine Harding-Wiltshire, The BMJ
  • Christie Henry, Princeton University Press
  • Wesley Hogan, Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University
  • Sylvia Izzo Hunter, Inera, an Atypon company
  • Sandra Korn, Duke University Press
  • Dennis Lloyd, University of Wisconsin Press
  • Joel T. Luber, Duke University Press
  • Brenna McLaughlin, Association of University Presses
  • Alejandra Mejía, Duke University Press
  • Melanie S. Morrison, Allies for Change
  • Hanni Nabahe, University of Virginia
  • Jill Petty, W. K. Kellogg Foundation
  • Karen Phillips, SAGE Publishing
  •  Mark A. Puente, Association of Research Libraries
  • Cathy Rimer-Surles, Duke University Press
  • Damita Snow, American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Cecilia Sorochin, University of Virginia Press
  • Susan Spilka, TBI Communications
  • Simone Taylor, AIP Publishing
  • Camille Wright, Duke University Press