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Forging Paths Toward Equity in Scholarly Publishing

The publishing industry is increasingly focused on bringing together different audiences to collaborate on projects and enable smart, wide-reaching content that has the potential to make a difference in the real world, breaking down the barriers of academic research. Among these opportunities, there are many challenges to the evolving world of research communication: change in reader habits, open science, and in particular, inequalities across subject disciplines. Over the past few years, there have been many blogs, reports, committees, task forces, and conference panels on the state of diversity in scholarly publishing. The problem is well-framed. But beyond envisioning diverse organizations, what are we actually doing to increase diversity, both within our businesses, and through the research that we publish, and how can we better work with the academics that we serve to help drive the debate and enact real change?
PD2020 Session 8
Release Date: 08/03/2020
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion | Keywords: equity, collaboration, research, diversity, accessibility, publishing, higher ed

Professional Development Series

Our debut series on the SSP OnDemand Library, the 2020 Professional Development Series offers presentations on current trends and issues in scholarly communications—from the impact of COVID-19 to diversity, equity, and inclusion in publishing--available at your convenience. New video presentations will be released each week; free materials and paid sessions can be accessed individually or as part of a group; all recordings may be accessed asynchronously, but registrants can also interact with presenters and fellow audience members during live screenings! Videos will be offered on the following topics: Business Models and Strategies, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, Editorial Innovations, Ethics and Standards, Global Trends, Research Perspectives. Featuring panels of leaders in their respective fields, this series is a must for anyone wishing to keep abreast of the latest developments in the industry.

Juliet Harrison


Head of Business, Management and Economics Publishing, Emerald Publishing

Kate Smith


Director Employee Enablement, Marketing, Wiley

Kate Smith is the Director Employee Enablement, Marketing at Wiley and actively mentors and coaches both within the company and outside the industry. In 2015 she set up the Lean In initiative focusing on women in the Oxford office, and through this facilitates workshops and a mentoring scheme. As a result of completing an MA in Coaching and Mentoring she has set up a pilot focusing on supporting parents through the transition of returning to work following maternity leave.

Paula Fontana


Vice President, National Black MBA Association

Simon Holt


Senior Acquisitions Editor, Elsevier

Simon Holt has worked in scholarly publishing for over a decade, and is currently Publisher in the books division at Elsevier in Oxford, UK. He is also Chair of Elsevier Enabled, a group representing colleagues with disabilities. As a visually impaired person, he has first-hand experience of both the benefits of inclusion to both organizations and individuals, and the challenges involved in making it happen effectively. He believes that true accessibility in publishing means access to the publishing industry for people of all backgrounds, alongside the accessibility of published materials. In 2019, Simon’s contributions were recognized by the SSP Emerging Leader award.