Bias, Discrimination, and Racism

Historical societal challenges have warranted the need for greater focus on bias, discrimination, and racism. Resources in this category provide information on the impact of bias, discrimination, and racism on an organization’s composition, editorial processes, and published content. Resources in this category offer examples of how to avoid and address issues related to bias, discrimination, and racism in scientific publishing.

Committed to Inclusion and Equity, We Stand in Solidarity with Black Communities – Because Black Lives Matter
This resource describes the importance of ensuring a culture and practice of inclusion and diversity at Elsevier, eliminating systemic racism in research and health, and being an advocate for Black Lives.

Confronting Environmental Racism
Environmental Health Perspectives
This resource discusses the peer review ‎process, editorial policy/study methodology/reporting guidelines‎, calls for papers/special series, issues pertaining to the specific scientific/medical field served by the organization/publication (e.g., health ‎equity)‎, and guide for Authors/Instructions for Authors.

Dismantling Racism in Scholarly Publishing, Intentionally and Unapologetically
Health Affairs
Health Affairs
 discusses plans to be intentional in promoting and advancing equity via three elements— equitable participation, new voices, and introspection — which are outlined with corresponding actions.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Scholarly Research and Publishing 
This COPE webinar covers discrimination and bias, identity and name change inclusion policies in scholarly publications, and historically offensive content in scholarly publications.

On Racism: A New Standard for Publishing on Racial Health Inequities 
Health Affairs
Health Affairs details several standards for publishing on racial health inequities, intended for researchers, journals, and peer reviewers.

Our Vision: An Antiracist Journal
Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 
This vision statement describes editor/editorial ‎board ‎selection/composition, new ‎editor/editorial ‎board roles ‎specific to DEI, the peer review ‎process, editorial ‎policy/study ‎methodology/reporting ‎guidelines, and calls for ‎papers‎.

Responsibility of Medical Journals in Addressing Racism in Health Care (Editorial)
JAMA Network
This editorial discusses how structural pillars of racism foster an environment that promotes persisting racial gaps in morbidity and mortality and addresses the need to reassess the role medical journals can play in addressing the health effects of systemic racism.