EDI Example Policies and Statements

In Spring 2021, we asked our members to help us identify EDI policies or statements from players in the scholarly communication and publishing industry sector, which would provide some good practice examples. The following list has been compiled to provide some quick links to the examples.

If you would like to add your organisations/journals policy to the list please complete this short form.



Bioscientifica requires the equal and respectful treatment of all people. Bioscientifica will not tolerate discrimination or bias based on, but not limited to, sex or gender, disability, age, nationality, race, sexual orientation, belief system, political philosophy or economic status. In addition, any action or behaviour which Bioscientifica considers to be bullying and/or harassment is considered unacceptable.

Behaviour contrary to these principles, where it can reasonably be interpreted that the individual is acting in the capacity of an Author, Reviewer or member of the Editorial Board of the journal, will be considered misconduct and handled as a violation of our codes of ethics.

The Lancet Group

The Lancet Group Diversity Pledge https://www.thelancet.com/diversity

The Lancet Group values diversity in all its dimensions. We are passionately committed to improving health equity. We recognise that many groups are under-represented in research including women, people of colour, and socially disadvantaged populations. The Lancet Group is committed to increasing diversity and inclusion in research and publishing, and in particular to increasing the representation of women and colleagues from low-income and middle-income countries among our editorial advisers, peer reviewers, and authors.


PLOS Diversity, Equity and Inclusion https://plos.org/dei/

RELX (parent company of Elsevier)

Inclusion and Diversity Policy https://www.relx.com/~/media/Files/R/RELX-Group/documents/responsibility/policies/relx-inclusion-diversity-2020.pdf

We are committed to treating all employees and applicants for employment with respect and dignity, and we prohibit discrimination. We recruit, train, develop, promote, and provide conditions of employment without regard to race, colour, creed, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are committed to an ongoing review of our policies and practices in the areas of recruitment, talent development, promotion and reward to ensure that we provide fair and equitable opportunities.


Best Practice Guidelines on Research Integrity and Publishing Ethics updated to include guidance on DEI: https://authorservices.wiley.com/ethics-guidelines/index.html#21


We would like to hear from others about the policies and statements you might have in your organisations/journals. If you are willing to publish your pledge, statement or policy here as a example of good practice, please complete this short form.

Disclaimer – these links have been compiled as a quick reference to the EDI policies and statements from various industry leaders. Inclusion here does not imply any endorsement by EASE.