Minding the gap: Advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion within academic publishing

Registration for the 2020 Online Conference includes free attendance at satellite webinars (6-8 October)

If publishers are to fulfil their mission to advance research worldwide and to improve human lives, they must be representative of the societies that they serve. This webinar will explore the importance of the continuing discussion around diversity, equity and inclusion and look to discover how we, as an industry, can better respond to and support the evolving needs of all our stakeholders.

Speakers will seek to frame the current state of diversity, equity and inclusion within academic publishing - so that, even if we do not know what the road looks like up ahead, we at least know where we are now. We will also examine current initiatives that have been implemented within publishing and the broader research community that are combating the dangers of unconscious bias, discrimination, and tokenism. Following these conversations, we will then open the session to discussion and questions from the audience.

Starting time zones: Wednesday 7th October
09:00 EDT, 14:00 BST, 15:00 CEST, 21:00 SGT

Minding the gap: Programme 

14:00 BST 

Introductions Melissa Close, Associate Publisher, Emerald Publishing


Hilaire Diarra, the Journal Scientifique et Technique du Mali – https://jstm.org

Hilaire will be speaking on the challenges of starting and running a commercial publishing enterprise in a developing country. He is currently in the process of joining Research4Life as a partner so that his journal can be accessible to others in Africa and the Global South.


Tristan Free, Digital Editor and host of the Talking Techniques podcast with the Future Science Group.

Tristan will be speaking on the impact of “helicopter research” on the research and researchers from developing nations and the ways the publishing industry can begin to address this.


Emma Tregenza, General Counsel, Emerald Publishing

Emma is leading the development of Emerald’s EDI strategy, and will be speaking towards some of the steps the company has already taken to support a more diverse and inclusive workplace and research community. This will provide one example of the challenges and successes a publisher has faced in these efforts.


Simone Taylor, Publisher, AIP Publishing

Simone is also the co-founder of the Workplace Equity Project. She will be speaking on a recently-published (May 2020) article titled “Evaluating equity in scholarly publishing” that considers the results of a WPE-sponsored global survey conducted in 2018, and how these results have been used to recommend improvements to recruitment practices, sponsorship and advocacy, and staff retention in order to create a more inclusive workforce.






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