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Editorial Board Diversity at the Basket of Eight Journals

Wednesday, August 19, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Brook Pritchett

In 2019, the College of Senior Scholars appointed a committee to investigate diversity in the editorial boards of the Basket of Eight Journals. This committee includes Cynthia Beath, Yolande Chan, Robert Davison, Alan Dennis and Jan Recker.

Editorial board diversity is a signal that a journal is open to and inclusive of all authors. The committee compared the gender, regional and ethnic diversity of the editorial boards to baseline data for the Academic members of the AIS. 

The comparison of the Basket of Eight journals with AIS Academic membership data demonstrated that Basket journals have more men (74%) and fewer women (26%) on their boards than would be reasonably expected given the current ratio of women and men Academics in AIS. Likewise, more board members are drawn from Region 1 (52%) than reasonably expected, and fewer from Region 3 (19%) than reasonably expected, given AIS’s regional diversity. In terms of ethnicity, the results show that more board members are of Indian ethnicity (18%) than expected, while there are fewer than reasonably expected board members who are Other Asian (2%), Middle Eastern (5%) or Hispanic (less than 1%). Black/African (2%), Chinese (21%), and White/Caucasian (52%) are within five standard deviations of their expected representation in AIS membership.

Because AIS is the premier global association of IS scholars, it is important that the College of Senior Scholars’ Basket of Eight journals reflects that global ethos.

Findings from the report have led to a variety of recommendations for the College of Senior Scholars, EICs of the Basket of Eight Journals, the AIS, and other IS organizations. These recommendations include setting diversity targets and introducing new diversity programs, designating members of the editorial board to focus on inclusion of diverse editors, developing virtual mentoring programs for underrepresented groups, offering implicit bias training, and more.

To read the full report, as well as the full set ofrecommendations, please click here.


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