Call for Panellists: BASEES 2020 - Diversity and Inclusion in Knowledge Production

What do we mean by diversity and inclusion within the context of Central Asian, Russian and Eastern European Studies (CAREES) publishing? How can we encourage and ensure inclusivity within research outputs in our field? What barriers need to be deconstructed in order to represent diverse voices?

Initiatives for Improving Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Scholarly Communications

A post from Feeding the Elephant: A Forum for Scholarly Communications


A few weeks ago, we wrote about the importance of diversity and equity in peer review, but concerns about who gets to create, curate, distribute, and preserve knowledge extend far beyond the moment of peer review. 

Re: Peer Review, Diversity, and Equity

Thanks to both Jerome and David for thoughtful replies, and my apologies for being slow to respond. I'm afraid I was traveling last week. Indeed, peer review is not meant to replace other kinds of scholarly and professional evaluation. The AUPresses's handbook of best practices in peer review states: "The review process for proposals and manuscripts is intended to be entirely distinct from any professional review authors may be undergoing. For this reason AEs are strongly discouraged from sharing materials with authors’ hiring, tenure, and promotion committees.

Re: Peer Review, Diversity, and Equity

Thank you for another thoughtful and immensely helpful post reviewing a key issue with peer review. I really enjoyed reading it. Let me suggest that their are some really complicated, underlying issues involving the intellectual authority of an editor over a field of study embedded in some of these proposed policies. For example, the "nothing about us wihtout us" principle is easy to apply in some cases but gets much more difficult in others.  To apply the principle, an editor or group of editors first have to decide which groups it applies to and which it doesn't.

Re: Peer Review, Diversity, and Equity

This is all very well and good, but as someone who has been a department chair, served on many tenure and promotions committees both at my own and other institutions, evaluated grant and fellowship applications, reviewed manuscripts journal and book publishers, etc.. I hope we all remember that there is no substitute for reading submissions ourselves rather than relying on the fact that something has been peer reviewed in a highly rated journal. Lots of excellent pieces never make it through and often get rejected for other-than-quality reasons.

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