We are committed to scrutinising our own processes at each stage – and we’re calling on other publishers to do the same. We want to work with them to make our industry fit for the modern age.
We are not only a professional body but also a publisher of peer-reviewed research articles for the chemical sciences.
Recognising that both the publication of research articles and the number of citations that those articles gather are established markers of scientific success, we have carried out the first in-depth gender analysis of each stage of the publication process within the chemical sciences community.
Undertake the most comprehensive analysis and reporting to date of our authors, reviewers and editorial decision makers by sub-discipline – and publish this annually. We call on other publishers to do the same.
2 Reflect our research community
Recruit and train reviewers, editorial board members and associate editors to reflect the current gender balance of our research community: the target is 36% women by 2022.
3 Empower and innovate
Provide new training and resources to empower our editors to eliminate bias. We will test new models throughout the publishing profile to address bias: from submission to publication.
4 Encourage intervention
Partner with others and lead the development of a new Inclusion & Diversity Framework for Action to set the standard for driving change within the academic publishing industry.
Help us share the report
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