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Inclusion And Diversity In Publishing

The Special Journal of Public Health, Nutrition, and Dietetics is among the 20 online journals currently published by the Special Journals Publisher. It was launched on July 1, 2020, with the mandate to provide a research-based database to support the United Nations in achieving the global sustainable development objectives. The ultimate goal is to help make the world a better place to be, both for us today and for our sons and daughters tomorrow.

The Special Journal of Public Health, Nutrition, and Dietetics is very careful in aligning itself with every facet of sustainable development, which we think necessitates a policy declaration on the concepts of inclusion and diversity in publishing. Our declarations confirm our commitment to inclusion and diversity in publishing.

Collective and compliant system

The Special Journal of Public Health, Nutrition, and Dietetics will work with others to allow for the self-reporting of diversity data by members of our stakeholders and research community. Our ultimate goal will be to work toward a collective and compliant system founded on the inclusion and diversity concept that also allows for the sharing and analysis of anonymized diversity data to know where action is needed.

Establish appropriate and inclusive representation

The Special Journal of Public Health, Nutrition, and Dietetics will use anonymized data to uncover subject-specific diversity baselines, and set minimum targets to achieve appropriate and inclusive representation of our authors, reviewers, and editorial decision-makers based on the Inclusion and diversity concept

Transparency in sharing our diver and inclusive policies

The Special Journal of Public Health, Nutrition, and Dietetics will share and develop new and innovative resources to improve representation and how inclusive diverse groups should be. We show transparency in the sharing of our diverse and inclusive policies, measurements, language, and standards, to move inclusion and diversity in publishing forward together.

Stakeholder’s engagement

The Special Journal of Public Health, Nutrition, and Dietetics will scrutinize our own publishing processes and take action to achieve a minimum standard for inclusion in publishing. We will engage all relevant stakeholders to improve outcomes on inclusion and diversity, at all stages of the publishing process in line with the Inclusion and diversity concept and policy

Making the case for women’s inclusion

The Special Journal of Public Health, Nutrition, and Dietetics will be working to be ahead of the general global trend for female manuscript authorship and scientific research publication, with more of our papers to be accepted for publication expected to be from women. Women are generally well represented on our editorial boards. We are committed to diversity and inclusion in publishing. We want to increase diversity and inclusion with regard to gender and geographical representation.

Inclusive editors, authors, and reviewers

Special journal publishers are proposing to design a strong diversity program with the aim of cultivating an inclusive, sustainable, diverse, and vibrant research community. This is what we think will drive sustainability and help us achieve our long-time agenda of being the first and best in the world of publishing for sustainable development.  While there are successes, the Special Journals publisher acknowledges there are still several areas to be addressed, such as

  • Encourage equal acceptance of all papers with female and male corresponding authors.
  • increased acceptance of good, high-quality papers from resource-poor developing country settings like Africa compared to the old big names in advanced countries.
  • Equal male and female reviewers are invited more frequently for reviews.
  • Neutralize the current over-representation of invited reviewers from advanced countries with skilled reviewers from Africa and other areas of the world having similar competence.
  • We will diversify our editorial board compared to the big names that tend to have less diverse editorial boards.

Capacity building for the editorial board

The Special Journal of Public Health, Nutrition, and Dietetics wants to create a more diverse and inclusive research community by building more diverse editorial boards, training staff, and editorial board members on implicit bias, and inviting more women to review.

Change agent

We at The Special Journal of Public Health, Nutrition, and Dietetics look forward to being change agents for better diversity and inclusion within peer review and the broader research community and encourage other researchers, societies, and businesses engaged in peer review to join us in our mission to create positive change.

Peer review diversity

As the pool of researchers becomes more diverse, there is a pressing need for a more varied pool of peers to review their work. The Special Journal of Public Health, Nutrition, and Dietetics want to show how increasing diversity in editors and editorial boards could help drive diversity in peer review?  

Dedicated Board of an internal editorial community of practice

The Special Journal of Public Health, Nutrition, and Dietetics is racing to build the most notable influence on diversity within our journals when our internal staff members serve as editors. Credibility, confidence, and competitive advantage will then be the result of establishing this kind of inclusive editorial community of practice based on skills, experience, and knowledge and focusing on our common goal.

An astute and ingenious external editorial board offers a competitive advantage  

The diverse editorial boards of The Special Journal of Public Health, Nutrition, and Dietetics bring dedication, expertise and unalloyed commitment.  The composition of our editorial board reflects the diversity that enables editors with diverse backgrounds to look at papers to bring out the best in them.

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