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Diversity & Inclusion: An ongoing commitment

IOP Publishing is strongly committed to diversity and inclusion in academic publishing, and to ensuring our approach to peer review meets the highest ethical standards.  

We aim be genuine leaders in promoting diversity and inclusion in scientific publishing. Our goal is to achieve parity of opportunity for any physical science researcher to become an author, reviewer or editorial board member of our publications.  

Following the white paper we published in 2018 – Diversity and Inclusion in Peer Review at IOP Publishing –  which provided us with a snapshot of how diverse and inclusive our publishing activities are, we set a list of key areas on which to focus. This led to the formation of our Diversity and Inclusion Group. The group is an in-house working committee leading a collective evidence-based approach to tackling those areas, and regularly monitoring the impacts of our initiatives to help shape our future activities.

The 2018 report showed we needed to improve the gender and geographical diversity of our reviewers, raise awareness amongst our authors of diversity and inclusion issues, and diversify our journal editorial boards. Our work so far includes: the introduction of a gender-neutral title option for authors; guidance for reviewers on implicit bias; and training for our in-house staff – but we know there is plenty of work still to do.

We are now developing a longer-term plan under the leadership of our Research Integrity and Inclusion Manager. We want to set an example to others and provide a balanced and progressive approach to diversity and inclusion in publishing – making it clear to our communities the opportunities available to them, and maintaining the dialogue between us. We want our authorship, reviewership and editorial board membership to develop beyond simply mirroring the current researcher population, and drive a progressive agenda to bring tangible changes in building an inclusive publishing community.