What is it about?

The Workplace Equity Project conducted a global survey in 2018 to map bias in the scholarly publishing landscape and recommend solutions for delivering improved outcomes. The findings showed imbalances and inequities for respondents based on their gender and ethnicity. The leadership profile is more male (33% vs. 21%), and more White (91% vs. 81%) than the sample as a whole. Moreover, those who fit the leadership profile are more likely to report that they believe they are fairly compensated, recognized by the leadership, and have fair opportunities for advancement.

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Why is it important?

The findings provide a baseline to measure progress in eliminating bias and creating more inclusive organizations in scholarly publishing industry. The article recommends improvements to current practice in recruitment, sponsorship and advocacy, and staff retention to drive change towards creating a more equitable, inclusive workforce.


To build the case for structural change, the Workplace Equity Survey captured data about workplace experiences, practices, and opportunities in the scholarly publishing industry. It was open to everyone who works in this sector as publishers, service providers, and across the spectrum of related organizations, companies, and consultancies. Over 1,200 people participated. The data that support the findings of this study are openly available in the IPCSR data archive at https://doi.org/10.3886/E116922V1.

Susan Spilka
TBI Communications Ltd

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This page is a summary of: Evaluating equity in scholarly publishing, Learned Publishing, May 2020, Wiley, DOI: 10.1002/leap.1301.
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