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Increasing Editorial Diversity: Strategies for Structural Change

Department of Zoology, School of Natural Sciences, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2, Ireland
Received: 27 September 2018 / Revised: 6 November 2018 / Accepted: 8 November 2018 / Published: 8 November 2018
(This article belongs to the Collection Diversity Leaders in Fire Science)
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Abstract

Editorial boards should be representative of the people doing science but they are often plagued with inequality. This article presents some starting points towards increasing editorial diversity, hoping to spark new initiatives to recruit people of under-represented groups to editorial boards. I argue there should be a greater focus on what journals and publishers should do instead of focusing on stories and celebrations of extraordinary individuals overcoming barriers. Transparent reporting, diversity targets, strategic invitations, mentoring programs, self-assigned workloads are all strategies which might lead to structural change. New, creative ways to recruit editors are needed so that women and all under-represented groups are given more opportunities to shape the direction of science. View Full-Text
Keywords: gender; inequality; natural science; targets; diversity reporting; conservation biology; fire science gender; inequality; natural science; targets; diversity reporting; conservation biology; fire science
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