What are we doing to promote inclusion and diversity in peer review?
Despite the efforts of many, not everyone has equal opportunities to present their research. For example, our report, ‘Is publishing in the chemical sciences gender biased?’, identified that biases exist at each step of the publishing process, putting women at a significant disadvantage. A key step for action is to recruit and train reviewers, editorial board members and associate editors from diverse groups to better reflect the community we serve. While this report focuses on gender equality in the chemical sciences, we also believe that this action should apply to all aspects of diversity.
At the Royal Society of Chemistry, we believe that all researchers, whoever and wherever they are, should have the chance to develop their careers. Becoming a peer reviewer demonstrates that an individual is respected in their field and able to offer important opinions on the latest discoveries. This experience opens up new opportunities for researchers to engage and progress in their careers, such as being asked to join a journal’s editorial or advisory board. We believe that a significant part of being inclusive is making sure that everyone has equal opportunities to develop and grow as a researcher or peer reviewer.