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17 Promoting equality and diversity in academic publishing
  1. Juan Victor Ariel Franco1,2,
  2. Helen Macdonald3
  1. 1BMJ Evidence-Based Medicine, London, UK
  2. 2Heinrich Heine Universität Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany
  3. 3BMJ, London, UK


Background In the last years, there has been an increasing debate on how scientific journals represent sex, gender, ethnicity and other aspects of human diversity. Moreover, the hegemony of the English language in scientific publications lays the foundation for structural inequalities for non-native speakers. There is a call to authors, editors, and reviewers to ask themselves: How can we minimise our biases and be more inclusive? Contents: Initiatives for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI). Current guidelines on sex, gender and ethnicity. Diversity in research teams and in the content of research. Common problems related to language when submitting, reviewing and editing a manuscript.

Methods Based on the discussion of real-life cases from the BMJ, this workshop aims to promote debate and analysis on this topic while thinking of possible solutions to some of the emerging challenges in this area. We will collect and summarise the input of the participants into themes that will be disseminated in further communications.

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