Diversity, inclusivity, and accessibility

Pippa Smart, Lettie Conrad
  • Learned Publishing, July 2017, Wiley
  • DOI: 10.1002/leap.1106

Diversity, inclusivity, and accessibility (in scholarly publishing)

What is it about?

Publishers have been using technology to disseminate research since we started publishing, but we often focus on the mainstream needs and forget the perspectives and needs of those voices we rarely hear. This editorial column by Learned Publishing Editor-in-Chief, Pippa Smart, and North American Editor, Lettie Conrad, discusses how these biased trends perpetuate disadvantages, reducing diversity throughout the publishing community.

Why is it important?

It is a big world out there, with an amazing array of people and cultures. Valuing those diverse voices – and ensuring that we allow them to participate in knowledge creation and consumption – is foundational to a healthy society and, while we live in a technically connected world, our core values of humanity must be maintained. It is our responsibility to keep diversity, inclusivity, and accessibility at the heart of our publishing programmes and our professional discourse.


Lettie Conrad
Queensland University of Technology

As co-author of this editorial column, I'm pleased that it is freely available for anyone to read and share, to promote discussion and enlightenment throughout our global industry.

Pippa Smart

Making publications accessible is not only morally right, but also economically important - ignoring different communities excludes potential customers as well as being discriminatory.

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The following have contributed to this page: Lettie Conrad and Pippa Smart