Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Accessibility Statement
In February 2023, the Journal of Contemporary Administration (RAC â€“ Revista de AdministraÃ§Ã£o ContemporÃ¢nea) has defined a set of policies to promote equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility in the evaluation and communication of research. This important work is ongoing and iterative.
1. RAC is constantly working on broadening authorship and editorial board representation. The journal aims to:
a) Achieve gender equity for authors and reviewers, as well as for members of the Editorial Board, especially among the Associate Editors. To do so, the journal aims on improving the representation rate by 15% a year, until it reaches equality on all fronts.
b) Achieve a more diverse set of authors regarding the institutions, regions, and countries they represent.
Also, RAC welcomes research that is sensitive to diversity and it values the editing, writing, and participation of diverse scientists.
2. Authors are encouraged (but not obliged) to submit researches that extend beyond samples from White/Western, educated, industrialized, rich, and democratic populations. RAC welcomes submissions with small but diverse samples in service of broadening who is represented in the content published by the journal.
3. In addition to describing sample demographics, authors are also encouraged (but not obliged) to justify their samples and provide an overview of their sample inclusion efforts. They may provide detailed participant demographic descriptions in their method sections and in the manuscript abstract, regarding gender balance in the recruitment of participants, ethnic or other types of diversity in participant recruitment, and whether the study questionnaires were prepared in an inclusive way.
4. Authors are also encouraged to use inclusive language when writing the manuscript. Inclusive language acknowledges diversity, conveys respect to all people, is sensitive to differences, and promotes equal opportunities. Please refer to APA's Inclusive Language Guidelines.
5. Authors can refer to the Sex and Gender Equity in Research (SAGER)guidelines and the SAGER guidelines checklist. These offer systematic approaches to the use and editorial review of sex and gender information in study design, data analysis, outcome reporting, and research interpretation - however, please note there is no single, universally agreed-upon set of guidelines for defining sex and gender.
6. Editors and reviewers must be aware of the above-mentioned recommendations.
7. Editors must immediately alert the editor-in-chief should they identify bias and/or racism in the peer review process. Should racism be identified in the peer review process, by a reviewer or Editor submitting a biased or discriminatory review, the Editor-in-chief of the journal can delete the review, uninvite the reviewer from serving with the journal, and communicate clear reasons as to why the review was rejected. In this topic, RAC will follow recommendations from the APAâ€™s Racism, Bias, and Discriminationresources.
8. Following APAâ€™s recommendation, RAC adopts the CRediT(Contributor Roles Taxonomy) for authorsâ€™ contributorship and require author contribution statements for all published articles. Author contribution statements promote equity and inclusion by specifically attributing contributions to each author. Author contribution statements likewise allow for the inclusion of collaborators whose contributions are less obviously represented in the written article, such as colleagues who may have provided input in the early stages of an article or who handled more logistical aspects of the research.
9. RAC encourages data sharing and adopts open science badges:
a) Data sharing is an important mechanism for promoting scientific progress and encouraging a culture of openness and accountability in research. Data sharing also expands the pool of individuals who can conduct research. For researchers who are geographically dispersed or have limited resources, open and freely accessible data help foster scientific discovery.
b) Since 2018, to encourage and recognize authors who elect to share their data and materials, the appropriate COS open science badge is placed on the cover page of the published articleâ€™s PDF. Badges are a useful way to signal the journalâ€™s openness to data and materials sharing and to recognize authors who have made their materials or data publicly accessible.
10. RACâ€™s commitment to accessibility includes making the journalâ€™s published contents freely accessible to and inclusive of all our users, including those with visual, hearing, cognitive, or motor impairments. We recommend that readers access the journal page on Scielosince they index all of our content and make it available in both PDF and HTML format. To open PDF files, you will need a PDF viewer such as Adobe Reader. Adobe Reader is highly configurable for visually impaired and motion-impaired users. For guidance, please see this document: Reading PDFs with reflow and accessibility features. Even though the embedded images do not have alternative text, the image caption is provided adjacent to the image and can be read by a screen reader. Regarding Text-to-speech compatibility, some users may benefit from listening to text. The platform does not currently include an embedded text-to-speech tool. However, text-to-speech compatibility is: (a) Built into the Edge browser; (b) Available as plug-ins for Chrome and Firefox browsers; and (c) Built into most modern digital devices such as PCs, Macs, tablets, and smartphones.
11. RAC's standards incorporate anti-racism, equity, diversity, and inclusion. Authors, reviewers, and editors are encouraged to review APAâ€™s Racism, Bias, and Discrimination resources, including APAâ€™s action plan for addressing inequality, as well as the APA's Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Framework, and COPE's Diversity and Inclusivityresources before submitting their research and before reviewing for RAC.