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Retrogressing Research and Limiting Diversity: The Impact of the Pandemic on Scholarly Publishing's Inequities

The disparate effects of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on historically marginalized communities have underscored the inequities that have long existed within the scientific research and publishing industries. International researchers' work and lives have been upended by limitations on travel and visas (European Commission, 2020), while primary caregivers (whose roles overwhelmingly fall to women) balancing caregiving duties with remote research and academic priorities are publishing and reviewing less often (Cochran, 2020). Meanwhile, libraries from historically underfunded institutions (including historically Black colleges and universities, Hispanic serving institutions, or community colleges) will be faced with further strained university budgets in the coming years. This panel session will address these and other inequities by presenting research and perspectives from several organizations working to address COVID-19's effects on scholarly communications. Panelists will include an international researcher, a publisher measuring the COVID-19 gender gap in authorship and reviewership, and a librarian from a historically underfunded institution. The session will also include a roundtable discussion among the participants, outlining potential solutions and resources for reducing such inequities. Presented by SSP's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. Learning Level: Mixed-Learning
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2021 | May
diversity; systemic inequities; COVID-19; gender disparities; research

43rd Annual Meeting (2021)

"Charting a New Course: From Chaos to Innovation" Without dwelling on the tumultuous events of the past year, our 43rd Annual Meeting aimed to recognize their impact, igniting—and sometimes forcing—innovation to meet changing demands. We explored the many new paths that materialize if we are willing to embrace the unexpected. What new insights and strategies have been discovered and implemented? What are the possibilities that have yet to be realized? As we move from reacting to adapting, how will our responses change the future of scholarly communications? And how should our responsibility to the larger academic ecosystem during this extraordinary time shape those responses? If you missed the SSP Annual Meeting, you can purchase individual keynote, plenary, and educational sessions on demand in the SSP OnDemand Video Content Library. You can also purchase an All Access Pass to the content on the Pathable platform through November 1.