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Eight new signatories and over 7,000 journals commit to action on equality -

Publishers of some of the world’s most impactful research journals and books have committed to tackling bias and discrimination by signing up to the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Joint commitment for action on inclusion and diversity in publishing.

Since an initial 11 signatories were announced in late June – including Cambridge University Press, Elsevier and Oxford University Press – eight further signatories have now been announced. These are: AGU, American Mathematical Society Publications, eLife, the Geological Society of London, NEJM Group, SAGE Publishing, Ubiquity Press and Wiley. This brings the collective number of journals affected to over 7,000 – which will have a global impact on research across many disciplines.

The action-oriented list of commitments has now been signed by (alphabetically): AGU, American Chemical Society Publications, American Mathematical Society Publications, BMJ Journals, Cambridge University Press, the Company of Biologists, eLife, Elsevier, Emerald Publishing, the Geological Society of London, Hindawi, IOP Publishing, NEJM Group, Oxford University Press, the Royal Society, the Royal Society of Chemistry, SAGE Publishing, Ubiquity Press and Wiley.

The joint statement came after the Royal Society of Chemistry’s previous research ‘Is publishing in the chemical sciences gender biased?’ found that the gender of a scientific author, peer-reviewer or editor can influence the likelihood of research being published.

Agreement on the joint declaration was reached in a workshop organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry, after it shared its pioneering Framework for Action in Scientific Publishing – an action-focussed “roadmap” to minimise exclusion and bias in its publications.

A working group is being established to share practice and monitor progress. The Royal Society of Chemistry is also inviting and encouraging other publishers to join.

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