Did you know that as of September 2021, women make up only 28.8% of the global scientific research workforce, according to UNESCO? This glaring gender gap underscores the pressing need for diversity and inclusivity in academia. In a world increasingly shaped by science and research, journals play a pivotal role in disseminating knowledge and driving progress. AJPO journals have risen to the occasion by championing diversity and inclusivity in the realm of academic publishing. In this blog, we’ll explore how AJPO journals are actively promoting diversity and inclusivity, not just as buzzwords, but as fundamental principles. Why should diversity and inclusivity matter in academic publishing? Consider this: a diverse pool of voices and perspectives leads to richer, more innovative research outcomes. It fosters creativity and empowers individuals from underrepresented groups to contribute their unique insights to the global body of knowledge. The question then arises: how are AJPO journals contributing to this transformation?

1. Diverse Authorship

 AJPO journals actively seek contributions from researchers from diverse backgrounds. They acknowledge that diversity extends beyond gender and includes ethnicity, nationality, age, and more. By doing so, they ensure that the research community reflects the rich tapestry of humanity.

2. Inclusive Review Process

 AJPO journals have implemented blind peer review processes that focus solely on the quality and significance of the research, not the identity of the author. This ensures that every submission is evaluated fairly, regardless of who wrote it.

3. Editorial Board Diversity

AJPO journals appoint diverse editorial boards, representing different fields, demographics, and geographic regions. This diversity at the decision-making level helps ensure that a wide range of perspectives is considered when selecting and reviewing manuscripts.

4. Language Accessibility

 Recognizing that language can be a barrier to inclusivity, AJPO journals prioritize using international language (English) thereby broadening the accessibility of research. In a world where knowledge is power, it is imperative that we break down the barriers that have traditionally limited the voices and contributions of underrepresented groups in academia. AJPO journals have taken significant strides towards promoting diversity and inclusivity in academic publishing. By fostering diverse authorship, implementing fair review processes, maintaining diverse editorial boards, and addressing language barriers, they have set a commendable example for other journals to follow. As we move forward, let us remember that diversity and inclusivity are not just ethical ideals; they are critical drivers of progress and innovation in the world of research. AJPO journals are leading the way towards a brighter, more inclusive future for academic publishing, one where all voices can be heard and valued.

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