2018 Webinar 3: The Peer Reviewer Ecosystem – Where Does Diversity & Inclusion Fit In?

Held September 11, 2018 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM Eastern Time

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Diversity and inclusion is a complex issue that requires multi-dimensional approaches to creating progress in this area within scholarly publishing. Coinciding with Peer Review Week 2018, this webinar will focus on multiple perspectives and approaches to increasing diversity and inclusion in the peer reviewer pools of scholarly journals. The webinar speakers will touch on the importance of diversity and inclusion in their organizations as well as various practical approaches that others can use to help diversify their own peer reviewer communities.


  • Understand how publishers and societies can use educational programs to promote diversity and inclusion in the academic fields they serve.
  • Conceptualize the first steps needed to conduct a benchmarking evaluation of diversity and inclusion in your publication.
  • Learn one way to use a structured mentoring program to increase diversity and inclusion in your publication’s reviewer pool.


Brittany Swett, Executive Director, J&J Editorial LLC


Ella Flemyng, MSc, BSc, Journal Development Manager, BMC part of Springer Nature
Ella Flemyng is a Journal Development Manager at BMC, part of Springer Nature. She oversees a portfolio of open-access, applied-methodology journals within health sciences that aim to improve the design, conduct and reporting of different study designs, including Trials and the co-produced Research Involvement and Engagement. Ella is an advocate for improving research integrity and seeing publishing and peer review develop to meet the needs of the research community. She is involved in multiple research projects relating to peer review, including mentoring of early career researchers, patient peer review, and artificial intelligence within peer review. Before working in publishing, Ella completed a Master’s of Science in biomedical and molecular science at Kings College London..

Brooks Hanson, PhD, Executive Vice President, Science, American Geophysical Union (AGU)
Brooks Hanson serves as the Executive Vice President for Science for the American Geophysical Union (AGU). He’s responsible for overseeing AGU’s publications, meetings, and ethics programs and Thriving Earth Exchange and coordinating science activities across these. He served previously as Sr. Vice President for Publications at AGU, responsible for AGU’s portfolio of many books and 20 journals and their editorial operations, helping set overall editorial policies, and leading future developments. Before arriving at AGU, he served as the Deputy Editor for Physical Sciences at Science and earlier as an editor at Science. Brooks has a Ph.D. in Geology from UCLA and held a post-doctoral appointment at the Department of Mineral Sciences, Smithsonian Institution. His main areas of research and publications span the tectonics of the western U.S., metamorphic petrology, modeling magmatic and hydrothermal processes, and on scholarly publishing. He is a fellow of the Geological Society of American and Mineralogical Society of America.

Racquel Jemison, PhD, Scholars Program Manager, American Chemical Society
Racquel Jemison is a chemist by training, having received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Morgan State University (an HBCU in Baltimore, MD) and a PhD in organic polymer chemistry from Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA). During that time she was an active volunteer, focusing on STEM outreach for underserved communities in the Pittsburgh area. After the completion of her doctoral studies, Racquel worked at The Dow Chemical Company in the Philadelphia suburbs for several years before transitioning to her role with the American Chemical Society’s Scholars Program in late 2016. The ACS Scholars Program is a scholarship for high-performing under-represented minorities (Hispanic/Latino, African-American, and Native American) majoring in chemistry-related disciplines. The program is now in its 23rd year. In addition to Racquel’s work at ACS, she regularly volunteers with the National Organization of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE), an organization she has worked with for nearly ten years.

Monica Rivera Mindt, PhD, ABPP, Professor of Psychology & Latin American Latino Studies Institute, Fordham University; Dept. Editor for the Culture & Gender Department of The Clinical Neuropsychologist journal
Dr. Monica Rivera Mindt is a board-certified neuropsychologist and tenured Professor of Psychology & the Latino American Latino Studies Institute at Fordham University in NYC, with a joint appointment in Neurology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Her NIH- & Alzheimer’s Association-funded research focuses on the intersection between cognition, culture, and health disparities, particularly in Latinx, aging, HIV-infected, and substance-using populations. She is the President of the Hispanic Neuropsychological Society and the inaugural Editor for the Culture & Gender in Neuropsychology Department of The Clinical Neuropsychologist journal.