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Scientific Journals Commit to Diversity But Lack the Data

By The New York Times

November 4, 2020

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Many prominent scientific publishers do not track the number of black or minority ethnic scientists whose work appears in their journals.

Several journals or journal families that deal in the biosciences said they do not track metrics on the racial and ethnic diversity of researchers publishing on their platforms. A few said that they were early in the process of collecting this data, or had begun discussing the possibility.

"What does it mean to say 'I'm in favor of diversity' when you haven't even reckoned with what the state of diversity is in your own institution?," said Ambika Kamath, a behavioral ecologist at the University of California, Berkeley.

Only two organizations, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Royal Society, provided data on its authors and their reviewers. But that data accounted for only about 10-to-20 percent of the people who had recently contributed to the journals.  The data reveals a familiar skew with a majority of authors and reviewers identifying themselves as white.

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