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Embracing equity and breaking bias in research publishing

RECORDED (DOI: https://doi.org/10.54985/peeref.2303w5126847)

Mar 29, 2023 09:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada) Switch Time Zone
Shan Mukhtar

Director of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (Wiley)

Shan Mukhtar (She/Her/Hers) is Director of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) for Wiley, serving both Wiley Research and the Global DEI Office. For the past ten years, her leadership in the academic and corporate sectors has focused on advancing strategies that embed DEI into talent recruitment, retention, and development, data analysis, and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) programs and policies. She earned her Master's and Ph.D. in Race and Ethnic Studies at Emory University. She currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

Eti Moore

Researcher Engagement Manager (Hindawi)

Eti handles journal management and editor recruitment and works with the Open Science team on new initiatives. Eti ensures editor recruitment at Hindawi is a data driven process and editorial boards are appropriately staffed to handle the number of submissions to the journal.

Dr. Clark Holdsworth

Senior Manager, Communications & Partnerships (LetPub)

Dr. Holdsworth oversees communications projects and partnerships at LetPub. LetPub has thousands of interactions with authors and journals annually. Dr. Holdsworth and the Learning Nexus Team filter these experiences into an intuitive and effective educational experience for authors and journal editors.

We all carry biases whether we like to admit it or not, but that’s not to say we can’t overcome them. We may even carry biases that we’re unaware of, these are unconscious biases or sometimes implicit biases. By becoming aware of our own biases we can prevent them from affecting our behavior and decisions. This not only creates a more equitable environment but will lead to better outcomes as we are not influenced by false beliefs.
At some point in your research career, and perhaps at many points, you may find yourself having to make decisions regarding someone else or their work. For reviewers, giving feedback and recommending rejection or publication is part and parcel of the task. Editors, similarly, will be making decisions about people’s work and may also be making appointments to other positions. Authors will also make choices about whom they choose to work with and whose work they read and cite. Just knowing the name of the person could give clues about gender or ethnicity and may be enough to allow an unconscious bias to impact a decision.
Breaking our own biases is one way we can all help create a more equitable world, a more equitable research landscape, and lead to better science.
On March 29th. 9am ET/2pm GMT join Shan Mukhtar, Director of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion at Wiley, Dr Clark Holdsworth, Senior Manager, Communications & Partnerships, LetPub, and Eti Moore, Researcher Engagement Manager, Hindawi.
You will receive a certificate of attendance after the session.
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