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ISMTE Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Council

As an organization that supports editorial office professionals of all races, colors, genders, and creeds across the globe, and as a member of the Coalition for Diversity and Inclusion in Scholarly Communications (C4DISC), ISMTE embraces and celebrates diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). We understand that organizations rich in DEI can maximize the success of any initiative, drawing on the creativity, skills, and viewpoints of many. To that end, in June of this year, ISMTE pledged to continue to improve DEI in our governance and leadership. As a first step, we will form a DEI Advisory Council, the purpose of which is described below. It should be noted that this document is a starting point—the advisory council will have the liberty to adjust as needed, with guidance from the ISMTE Board of Directors.

ISMTE Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Advisory Council


To serve as an enduring advisory body to the ISMTE Board of Directors (BOD) and ISMTE committees on practical and meaningful opportunities to sustain and enrich a culture of DEI with the ISMTE leadership, programming, and membership; and to explore broader engagements within the scholarly publishing community to advance DEI for editorial office professionals of all career stages.



Ultimately, the scope of the DEI Advisory Council will be determined by the council itself; however, the BOD encourages the council to consider the following items as part of the council’s purview:


  • Internal Efforts
    • Appointment of a member of the DEI Advisory Council to the ISMTE Nominations Committee
    • Improved diversity among ISMTE leadership (BOD and committees) and conference speakers
    • Assessment of ISMTE members’ needs around DEI
    • Analysis of gaps in ISMTE’s programming related to DEI; recommendations for new programs
    • Ongoing review of ISMTE’s initiatives around DEI to ensure metrics of success are met

  • External Efforts
    • Identification of opportunities to create meaningful and positive change around DEI within the scholarly publishing industry, especially in the context of ISMTE’s membership base of editorial office professionals (for example, continued participation in C4DISC)
    • Serving as a source of motivation to inspire a broader commitment to a culture of DEI throughout the editorial office professional/scholarly publishing community


Term and Council Structure
The council will comprise approximately eight members, including a chair and vice chair. As is standard with ISMTE’s committees, membership on the DEI Advisory Council will be limited to two years, with the option of a third year. The council will hold routine meetings, the frequency of which will be determined by the council members. A BOD liaison will serve as the primary mechanism of communication between the council and the BOD. It is expected that the DEI Council will provide regular updates to the BOD.



Application Process
We welcome applications from all members of ISMTE, regardless of career stage. To be considered for participation in the DEI Advisory Council, please submit:


  1. A Personal statement of interest (required)
  2. Your resume (required)
  3. A letter of reference (optional)

The Personal Statement of Interest is limited to two single-spaced pages. Please explain (a) why you are interested in joining the council; (b) why you are qualified to serve on the council, (c) your vision for how the council can make the most impact.

The Letter of Reference should speak to your qualifications to serve on the council. It may come from any colleague in the scholarly publishing community. Although this is optional, we encourage you to include a Letter of Reference with your application.

Applications are due December 15, 2020. The ISMTE Nominations Committee will evaluate the applications and recommend candidates for the council, to be approved by the ISMTE BOD. The successful candidates will be announced in mid-January 2021.

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