Policy & Politics launches new equitable citations policy

P&P 2021 EditorsOscar Berglund, Claire Dunlop and Chris Weible.

In support of our commitment to addressing inequities in academic publication processes that are suffered by under-represented and minority communities, as set out in our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion policy, we are delighted to launch a new equitable citations policy.

The context for this new initiative is the recognition that references cited in journals such as ours sometimes replicate and reinforce such inequities by under-representing minority scholars. Clearly, not all minority group characteristics are easily visible in citations, but those inferred which are easier to discern include gender, race, early career scholars and scholars from under-represented parts of the world such as the global South, among others.

To address these inequities, our new equitable citations policy exhorts our authors whose manuscripts are accepted for publication to critically examine their references with a view to including citations of equally rigorous and relevant scholarship by under-represented minority authors. To support this effort, P&P will no longer count reference lists in our maximum word count of 8,000 for all articles.

As always, we welcome feedback from all areas of our community on this initiative, so please leave a comment on this blog below or alternatively get in touch with our Journal Manager Sarah Brown.

Oscar Berglund, Claire Dunlop & Chris Weible, P&P co-editors.

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