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Diversity data from authors and reviewers

We are committed to improving inclusion and diversity within science publishing. As part of our work in this area we are asking authors and reviewers to provide information on their gender. The information we gather will be used to analyse trends within our journals, and to identify where improvements are needed. We ask authors to self-describe their gender, and give the option of “prefer not to say”.  

Data on author and reviewer gender will only be visible to Royal Society staff and Editors, and will not be shared with external parties. Anonymised data may be collated and used in both internal and external reporting. Gender information should not be considered in any way when making editorial decisions on manuscripts, but we encourage our editors to use gender information to improve the diversity of reviewers. For more information about how we use your data, please see the Royal Society’s privacy policy

We are committed to improving inclusion and diversity in all its forms, and are currently considering the most appropriate methods to collect and monitor further diversity data, including special category data within GDPR.

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