Our Joint commitment on inclusion and diversity in scholarly publishing has brought together scholarly publishers from across the globe and a wide range of disciplines. As a group, we acknowledge that biases exist in scholarly publishing and we commit to scrutinising our own processes to minimise these. We are openly pooling our resources, expertise and insight to accelerate research culture change.
One of the initial four aims of the commitment was to produce a set of minimum standards for inclusion and diversity, upon which all members of the publishing community can build to improve inclusion and diversity in the industry. The standards build on our Framework for action in scientific publishing and are intended to help organisations of all sizes.
We believe the minimum standards will:
- enable senior leaders in publishing, editorial decision makers (which may involve staff or academics) and editorial boards to evaluate their performance and progress on inclusion and diversity within their organisations and publications;
- enable publishers, editorial decision makers, authors, and reviewers to identify and take achievable, specific actions to improve inclusion and diversity in scholarly publishing