Since an initial 11 signatories were announced in late June – including Cambridge University Press, Elsevier and Oxford University Press – 11 further publishers have signed. These include SAGE, eLife, and Wiley and our most recent sigantories Brill, MIT Press and Siam . This brings the collective number of journals affected to over 7,000 – which will have a global impact on research across many disciplines.
The action-oriented list of commitments has now been signed by (alphabetically): AGU, American Chemical Society Publications, American Mathematical Society Publications, BMJ Journals, Brill, Cambridge University Press, the Company of Biologists, eLife, Elsevier, Emerald Publishing, the Geological Society of London, Hindawi, IOP Publishing, MIT Press, NEJM Group, Oxford University Press, the Royal Society, the Royal Society of Chemistry, SAGE Publishing, SIAM, Ubiquity Press and Wiley.
Eight new signatories were announced in July, and since then we have been joined by Brill, MIT Press and SIAM.Picture: Logos subject to copyright
Agreement on the joint declaration was reached in a workshop organised by us after we shared our pioneering Framework for Action in Scientific Publishing – an action-focussed “roadmap” to minimise exclusion and bias in our publications.
Dr Emma Wilson, Director of Publishing at RSC, said: “We have been overwhelmed by the enthusiasm of our colleagues across research publishing to join us in our commitment to tackling bias and discrimination in research. Today’s new signatories brings us to more than 7,000 journals, many of which are among the best-known and most impactful in the world.
“By sharing knowledge and working together to tackle the issue of bias at all stages of the publishing process, we not only improve our own publications’ equality, but we set a standard for others to follow.
“The main impact here though, is on people, and this commitment from these influential publishing houses will remove barriers to marginalised groups – and in turn lead to a significant improvement in research and research culture.”
A working group is being established to share practice and monitor progress, and we are inviting and encouraging other publishers to join.
Read the commitments in full here and on social media use #PublishingEquality