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