Embracing a diverse range of perspectives to optimize processes and results

Embracing a diverse range of perspectives to optimize processes and results

The Workplace Equity Project depends on the voluntary contributions of many talented, capable people from the global scholarly publishing industry and beyond. As our acronym suggests, WE believes that we perform at our best when we invite and embrace perspectives from people of all genders, ages, races, creeds, sexual orientations, disabilities, and geographies. That belief is as valid for our effort as it is for the organizations where we work. We need your ideas and energy to make change happen. The more people who contribute and participate, the more likely we are to succeed. More volunteers are needed as WE moves forward with the survey, activates its findings, and develops new initiatives. If you’re interested in being part of this grassroots effort to drive change, please send an email to survey@workplacequityproject.org.


The Workplace Equity Project kicked off at a heavily attended and well-received live event-webinar, sponsored by the Professional & Scholarly Division of the Association of American publishers to launch a new series on Women in PSP Publishing.

Susan Spilka Communications & Marketing  Having led Corporate Communications at Wiley for two decades during a period of tremendous company and industry change, Susan now provides provide strategic communications, public relations, business development, and research services for scholarly publishers and technology services. Throughout her scholarly publishing career, Susan has played a role in many pioneering initiatives, promoting Knowledge Unlatched to North American librarians, helping to build CHORUS as its Communications & Marketing Director, and contributing to programs such as Crossref, Research4Life, and PatientInform. Susan began her career in government, at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and NYC Council President’s Office.  She received her B.A. from Reed College and Certification in Digital Media Marketing from NYU.

Simone Taylor Operations With a science research background, Simone Taylor has a passion both for helping authors maintain an archivable record of their work in the scientific literature and for improving accessibility to that vast and growing body of scholarship.  In subsequent roles at Elsevier, the National Physical Laboratory, and Wiley, she developed considerable international experience in publishing content across multiple formats.  A keen advocate for open access and open research, Simone has served on cross-industry groups for implementing data citation principles and for standardizing data policy. She holds a Ph.D. in Materials Science from the University of Manchester.

Jeri Wachter Alliances Jeri has extensive experience publishing in science and technology.  Her accomplishments include steering targeted, customer-centric strategies for cutting-edge product development, business development and events.  Jeri co-founded William Andrew Publishing.  She led WA’s marketing, public relations and co-publishing relationships over twenty years.  Under her leadership, William Andrew grew as a trusted publisher for scientists and engineers.  She co-led the development and launch of Knovel, a platform to share disparate knowledge across publishers, societies, and corporations. Jeri earned a BA in Biology/Sociology from Baruch College.


WE is currently in the process of incorporating as a nonprofit, seeking 501 (c)(3) status.

Melanie Dolechek Melanie Dolechek is the Executive Director of the Society for Scholarly Publishing. She has been active in scholarly publishing since 2006, previously serving as the Director of Publishing and Marketing of Allen Press. Melanie holds a Master of Science in Management from Baker University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Kansas State University.

Barbara Meyers Ford A co-founder of the Society for Scholarly Publishing and a past president of the Council of Science Editors, Barbara has been an active participant and leader in the professional organizations serving industries related to the broad area of professional and scholarly communications. In addition to her decades of volunteerism for SSP and CSE, she has served on boards, committees, and task forces of the AAP/PSP, ASIST, NASIG, NFAIS, and the WNBA. A member of the adjunct faculty of the George Washington University’s Masters in Publishing for 12 years, Barbara has provided a number of clients with customized seminars and training programs.  Barbara has worked for commercial and non-profit organizations including Capital Systems Group, American Chemical Society, Chamber of Commerce of the U.S. and RGA Consulting Group. She hung out her shingle as an independent consultant in 1983 DBA Meyers Consulting Services. She assists clients to: develop effective strategies & plans, apply technology most appropriately, streamline processes & procedures, manage & negotiate effectively, and successfully develop & market products, services, programs, and publications. Her most recent on-site management project is working for the American Geophysical Union as their Interim Vice President, Publications.  A co-founder of the Washington Women’s Information Network (WWIN), Barbara has served as a role model and mentor to early and mid-career professionals in publishing and society management with an emphasis on supporting women to achieve their career goals.

Darrell W. Gunter Darrell W. Gunter is a “digital” publishing executive with extensive experience in leadership, strategy, sales, marketing and technology.  He is a frequent speaker and moderator at industry events.  The Chief Commercial Officer for Gadget Software, he also serves as the Director, North America, for the International Association of STM Publishers.  Darrell is very active in the industry with memberships in the American Association of Publishers/Professional and Scholarly Publishing (PSP) and the Society for Scholarly Publishing. He co-chairs PSP’s Committee for Digital Innovation and is a former Associate Editor of Learned Publishing, the journal of the Association of Learned & Professional Society Publishers.  Darrell sits on a number of advisory and non-profit boards and is an adjunct professor at Seton Hall University where he teaches Professional Sales.  His radio program “Leadership with Darrell W. Gunter” airs at 08:00 EST on Saturdays, on WSOU HD 89.5 FM / WSOU.net

Laura Haynes As Chair of UN Women National Committee UK, Laura actively supports UN Women in its mission for gender equality and the empowerment of women.  Her experience includes over 25 years helping organizations to embrace change, build and enhance culture and expand potential through a unique approach that fuses strategic planning, innovation, and intelligent design.  She currently leads Blackbird Consultants, where she helps an array of clients develop purpose-driven brands, organizations, and communities.  Laura is also currently a member of the Parliamentary Design Commission, a Fellow at the Royal Society of Arts (UK) and the Marketing Society (UK).  Previously, she served as Founder and Chair of Appetite, an award-winning strategic brand consulting firm and a Director of Future London Enterprises.

Ginny Hendricks As Director of Member & Community Outreach, Ginny has brought together a new team at Crossref around outreach and communications, membership development, services, and support. Before joining, she ran Ardent Marketing for nine years, where she consulted with publishers to craft multichannel marketing strategies, develop, brand, and launch online products, and build engaged communities.  She previously led Elsevier’s launch of Scopus, where she established content selection criteria, advisory boards, and outreach programs with library and scientific communities. In 1998, Ginny started an early e-resources help desk for Blackwell’s Information Services and later led training and communication programs for Swets’ digital portfolio in Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa. Most recently she founded the Metadata 2020 collaboration to advocate for richer, connected, reusable and open metadata for the benefit of society. She’s lived and worked in many parts of the world, has managed globally dispersed creative, technical, and commercial teams, and co-hosts the Scholarly Social networking events in London.

Mark Robertson Mark is a private consultant based in Asia Pacific (APAC), specialising in research and educational publishing, and in leadership mentoring. He is also the Director of Business Development in APAC for CHOR Inc. (CHORUS).  For over 30 years Mark led the Wiley (formerly Blackwell Publishing) research journal program in APAC as Publishing Director, and as Executive Editor with overall country responsibility for Australia and Japan. In those dual roles, Mark built and developed a program of more than 150 journals in partnership with learned and professional societies, leading activity in the two largest markets in the region.  His contributions to the publishing industry have included Board appointments with the Copyright Agency Limited, the Australian Publishers Association (APA) and the International Association of STM Publishers (STM). Mark also formed and chaired the Scholarly and Journal Committee for the APA and the Japan chapter for STM. Mark is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Roger C. Schonfeld Roger C. Schonfeld is director of Ithaka S+R’s Library and Scholarly Communication program. He leads a team of methodological experts and analysts that conducts research and provides advisory services for academic libraries, scholarly publishers, museums, and learned societies. Throughout his career of nearly 20 years, Roger’s leadership has helped libraries and publishers to bring collections and publications to the digital environment and to grapple with resulting strategic and organizational opportunities and dilemmas.  Roger and his team have led a number of research studies examining diversity, equity, inclusion, and community engagement in art museums, research libraries, and other cultural organizations. By linking demographic representativeness with leadership attitudes and perceptions, these projects have helped to spotlight some key barriers to change. And, through a series of case studies, their work is beginning to uncover opportunities for organizational transformation.  Previously, Roger was a research associate at The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. He received degrees in library and information science from Syracuse University and in English Literature from Yale University. Roger’s writings can be found at Ithaka S+R and the Scholarly Kitchen, and he tweets at @rschon.

Virginie Simon, PhD Virginie Simon is CEO & Co-founder of MyScienceWork. She is trained as an engineer in biotechnology at the Technological University of Compiègne (UTC), France. In parallel, she completed a BA in philosophy from the University of Nanterre, France.  She then received her doctorate in nanotechnology for cancer therapy from the University Pierre and Marie Curie (UPMC), Paris. She has over3 years’ professional experience in a nano-medicine start-up, which confirmed her desire to become an entrepreneur.  Founded in 2010, MyScienceWork is an innovative, professional technological platform, offering a Web 3.0 environment aimed at researchers, publishers and institutional. Virginie Simon currently leads a team of 15 people located in Paris, Luxembourg and San Francisco. Awards: 1/ Gold Award – Women Role Model – French American Business Award – San Francisco – May 2017 2/ Top 5 Women Business Manager of The Year – Luxembourg – April 2017 3/ Entrepreneur Category – Trophées des Français à l’Etranger – Paris – March 2017 4/ Top 100 most successful female entrepreneurs in Europe The Hundert – Berlin – May 2016 5/ Top 30 international startups in which to invest – Challenges magazine – Paris – April 2016

Anthea Stratigos Anthea C. Stratigos is Co-founder & CEO of Outsell, Inc., the leading research and advisory firm focused exclusively on media, information, and technology. As CEO, she draws upon her deep experience in research and analytics businesses to drive product development and branding for Outsell while overseeing the firm’s research agenda.  Anthea is Outsell’s primary spokesperson, identifying, writing, and speaking extensively about key trends in the industry. She chairs Outsell’s Leadership Council, a member service for CEOs and senior executives in the industry, and is a trusted confidante and confidential advisor to hundreds of leaders across the industry. Anthea serves on the Board of Directors of Innodata, Inc. and is a former board member of American Business Media (ABM). She is a graduate of Stanford University and the Executive Program in Marketing at Harvard University.

Endorsements for the WE Survey

Success of the WE survey would not be possible without support from industry organizations committed to achieving equity, diversity and inclusion in scholarly publishing.  WE is honored to have endoresments from Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP), International Association of Scientific, Technical, and Medical Publishers (STM), National Federation of Advanced Information Systems (NFAIS), and UN Women UK to help distribute and promote the survey.  Their support will ensure widespread participation in the survey scheduled to launch on Janurary 31, 2018 and remain open through March 6, 2018.

Founded in 1972 by 24 societies, ALPSP is an international membership trade body that supports and represents not-for-profit organizations and institutions that publish scholarly and professional content.  With over 300 members in 30 countries, membership also includes those that work with these publishers. Our mission is to connect, inform, develop and represent the international scholarly and professional publishing community.

We are a trade organization. We stand for the promotion and advancement of Publishers having a presence in India as well as to protect the common interest of members and professionals engaged in Global Publishing. Association of Publishers in India acts on specific issues with the objective of expanding the market for Publishers who publish books/content in the following areas: Academic and Professional, Children’s, Educational, Scholarly and Reference,  Trade,  Vocational

The Australian Publishers Association (APA) is the peak national body responsible for representing the Australian publishing industry and for promoting the importance of the published word to the educational, social, cultural and intellectual life of Australia. An advocate, collaborator, advisor and educator, the APA represents a diverse array of publishing businesses: big and small, commercial and non-profit, popular and academic, large multinational and local independent.

The mission of the International Society of Managing & Technical Editors (ISMTE) is to connect the community of professionals committed to the peer review and publication of academic and scholarly journals. ISMTE provides peer-to-peer networking, education and training, research and resources for best practices, and development of journal policy. The ISMTE is pleased to take part in and support the Workplace Equity Survey. The data will provide a baseline for where our industry stands, guiding us in future initiatives to embrace diversity and inclusiveness. Meghan McDevitt, Treasurer and Partnerships with Peer Organizations, ISMTE.

Founded in 2010 by Virginie Simon, a biotech engineer and PhD in nanotechnology, and Tristan Davaille, a financial engineer with a degree in economics — MyScienceWork serves the international scientific community and the promotes easy access to scientific publications, unrestricted diffusion of knowledge and open science. Our comprehensive database includes more than 70 million scientific publications and 12 million patents. We host a community of professional scientists and science enthusiasts from around the world who use MyScienceWork‘s open network to deposit and discover scientific publications of all disciplines.

The National Federation of Advanced Information Services ( NFAIS™) is a global, nonprofit, volunteer-powered membership organization that serves the information community – that is, all those who create, aggregate, organize, and otherwise provide ease of access to and effective navigation and use of authoritative, credible information. Member organizations represent a cross-section of content and technology providers, including database creators, publishers, libraries, host systems, information technology developers, content management providers and other related groups. NFAIS embodies a true partnership of commercial, nonprofit and government organizations that embraces a common mission – to build the world’s knowledgebase through enabling research and managing the flow of scholarly communication. NFAIS exists to promote the success of its members and for more than 50 years has provided a forum in which to address common interests through education and advocacy. Contact: Barbara Ford, Director of Communications and Marketing, bmeyersford@nfais.org.  Visit www.nfais.org.

The SBPA was formed on 19 July 1968 by a group of publishers seeking to develop the then-fledging industry. The Association has guided the development of Singapore’s publishing industry over the years and will celebrate its 50th Anniversary in 2018. The trade association has also evolved with the times, with the transition in recent years from an all-volunteer Executive Committee to the establishment of a permanent Secretariat to run activities professionally. The Association represents the interests of Singapore publishers who are engaged in a wide range of publishing, marketing and distribution activities in both print and digital formats. From 22 member companies at its inception, the Association has grown to accommodate more than 70 members who publish in all four official languages of Singapore. Through the decades, the SBPA’s objective has been the same, which is to develop and strengthen the book ecosystem of Singapore in partnership with other like-minded organisations.

The Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP), founded in 1978, is a nonprofit organization formed to promote and advance communication among all sectors of the scholarly publication community through networking, information dissemination, and facilitation of new developments in the field. SSP members represent all aspects of scholarly publishing — including publishers, printers, e-products developers, technical service providers, librarians, and editors. SSP members come from a wide range of large and small commercial and nonprofit organizations. They meet at SSP’s annual meetings, IN Conferences, educational seminars, and Librarian Focus Groups to hear the latest trends from respected colleagues and to discuss common and mutual (and sometimes divergent) goals and viewpoints. Contact: Melanie Dolechek, Executive Director, info@sspnet.org.  Visit www.sspnet.org.

STM is an international association of over 120 scientific, technical, medical and scholarly ?publishers, collectively responsible for more than 60% of the global annual output of research articles, 55% of the active research journals and the publication of tens of thousands of print and electronic books, reference works and databases. STM is the only international trade association equally representing all types of STM publishers – large and small companies, not for profit organizations, learned societies, traditional, primary, secondary publishers and new entrants to global publishing. Contact: Darrell Gunter, Director, STM North America and Membership, gunter@stm-asoc.org.   Visit www.stm-assoc.org.

UN Women is the only global agency dedicated to gender equality. UN Women was created in 2010 to direct UN activities on gender equality issues. Before then, no one organisation had the authority to promote gender equality on a global scale and address the serious challenges facing women and girls everywhere. Our aim is to remove the social and cultural barriers that prevent women and girls from achieving their potential. These barriers exist in public policy, educational opportunity, conscious or unconscious bias, and economic empowerment.  In the UK, UN Women is represented through the National Committee. We focus on: Awareness: We raise awareness of the issues, the challenges and the solutions developed by and through UN Women and our partners. Advocacy: We speak up with and for others, encouraging governments, the private sector and individuals to support our work here and around the world. Activation: We share what we learn and raise funds for our important work to achieve gender equality. Contact: Laura Haynes, Chair, laura.haynes@unwomenuk.org.  Visit www.unwomenuk.org.

The work of volunteers makes the Workplace Equity Project possible. WE wishes to single out the following people to thank them for their extraordinary efforts.

Alison O’Connell, Aries Systems Corp.

Jocelyn Koller, Aries Systems Corp.

Matt Zimmerman, Springer Publishing Company

We also want to acknowledge the contributions of Sara Pinto, and the participants of the October 18, 2017 event on Women in PSP Publishing, sponsored by the Association of American Publishers-Scholarly and Publishers Association (AAP-PSP): Susan King (Rockefeller University Press), Wendy Newsham (Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.), and Bamini Jayabalasingham (Elsevier). It was in conjunction with this event that the WE Survey was conceived. Susan, Wendy, Jeri, and Simone will revisit their roles in this event when we share the survey results at the SSP’s Annual Meeting in late May.

The WE survey was crowd-sourced and reviewed by a diverse team of industry leaders to ensure that the questions are oriented to a global audience, cover relevant areas, and do not contain inherent bias.

Review Team

Lyndsey Allen – Publisher, Taylor & Francis
Emma Brink – Editor, Wiley
Etty Burk, Ph.D. – VP, Chief People Officer, Level Solar, Inc.
Rano Burkhanova – Senior Engagement Manager, Danone
Bill Deluise – VP, Society Strategy and Marketing, Wiley
Emilie Delquiè – Strategic Account Manager, Copyright Clearance Center
Melanie Dolechek – Executive Director, Society of Scholarly Publishing
Holly J. Falk-Krzesinski, Ph.D. – VP, Global Strategic Networks & Co-chair, Gender Working Group, Elsevier
Ann Gabriel – VP, Global Academic & Research Relations, Elsevier
Marcie Granaham – Executive Director, NFAIS
Darrell Gunter – Director, STM North America and Director of Membership
Laura Haynes – Chair, UN Women UK
David Jastrow – Director of Strategic Planning, Truven Health Analytics, an IBM Company
Bamini Jayabalasingham – Senior Analytical Product Manager at Elsevier
Rob Johnson, Founder and Director, Research Consulting Limited
Lauren Kane – Chief Operating Officer, BioOne
Susan King, Ph.D – Executive Director, Rockefeller University Press & Chair, CHORUS
Hans J. Koelsch, Ph.D. – Director, Department of Publications, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Jocelyn Koller – Marketing Specialist, Aries Systems Corporation
Jody Malordy – General Manager of Marketing for Merchandising, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Liz Marchant, Ph.D. – Editorial Director, Journals, Taylor and Francis
Alice Meadows – Director, Community Engagement and Support, ORCID
Carol Meyer – Account Manager, Aries Systems Corporation
Barbara Meyers Ford – Director of Marketing and Communications, NFAIS
Steven Miron – Retired SVP, Global Research, Wiley
Allyn Molina – Editorial Director, North America, Research, Wiley
Wendy Newsham – Director of Institutional Sales and Business Development, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.
Allison O’Connell – Marketing Manager, Aries Systems Corporation
Swapna Padhye – VP & Publisher, Wiley
Laura Paglione – Director of Strategic Initiatives, ORCID
Sara Pinto – Director, PSP Division, Association of American Publishers
Frauke Gisela Ralf – VP, Open Access
Sara Rouhi – Director of Engagement & Advocacy Altmetric Dimensions, Digital Science
Pippa Smart – Research Communication and Publishing Consultant
Simone Taylor – Publisher
Nathaniel H. Spilka – Junior Researcher, NYU Fox Lab
Susan Spilka – Strategic Communications Consultant
Jeri Wachter –  Publishing Consultant – Development, Alliances
Vicky Williams – CEO, Emerald Group

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Endorsing Organizations

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