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Scientific Journals Commit to Diversity, but Lack the Data – The New York Times

Several prominent publishers said they did not track the race and ethnicity of the researchers contributing to their platforms.

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Publishing papers in top-tier journals is crucial scholastic currency. But the process is deeply insular, often hinging on personal connections between journal editors and the researchers from whom they solicit and receive manuscripts.
Science is publicized as a meritocracy: a larger, data-driven enterprise in which the best work and the best people float to the top, Dr. Extavour said. In truth, she added, universal, objective standards are lacking, and the access that authors have to editors is…

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