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Scholarly publishers agree on standards for inclusion and diversity -

As a signatory of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Joint Commitment for Action on Inclusion and Diversity in Publishing, PLOS has announced that the group has agreed to a set of standards to reduce bias within scholarly publishing. Last year, PLOS joined together with publishers whose focus was to scrutinize its own processes while sharing resources and expertise to collaboratively minimize bias industry wide.

According to Sarah Bangs, Senior Editor, Publication Ethics, PLOS , an unbiased editorial process is one of the fundamental underlying principles of publication ethics. Cross-publisher collaboration to share information, discuss challenges, and formulate best practices is essential for this work, which is why initiatives like the Joint Commitment are so valuable.

The group has also shared best practices on author name changes, which PLOS instituted more than a year ago. It also made important steps toward the collection of self-submitted diversity data, which will be key in identifying where biases lie so they can be addressed.

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