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Publishing for Equity: A Panel Discussion on Anti-Oppressive Publishing


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Join us on July 13 for "Publishing for Equity: A Panel Discussion on Anti-Oppressive Publishing", a webinar hosted by the UCSF Library addressing efforts to build a more inclusive and anti-oppressive publishing ecosystem. In this panel event, an esteemed group of speakers will describe the current state of biomedical research publishing and share their own efforts to make academic journals reflect the experiences and voices of the diverse populations producing knowledge.

Scholarly publishing has been criticized for perpetuating bias in several ways. Many scholars from marginalized identities, including BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color), women, LGBTQ+, and those with disabilities face challenges in having their work accepted, published, and recognized due to inherent biases in the system. Publishers also privilege research conducted by researchers from the Global North and written in English, which results in the exclusion of diverse perspectives and epistemologies.

Our panelists, Dr. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, Dr. Joël Babdor, Dr. Jae Sevelius, and Charlotte Roh will share their perspectives on how to create a more equitable publishing landscape. Dr. Kanade Shinkai will serve as the moderator, guiding the discussion and audience engagement. Participants will have the opportunity to pose their questions to the panelists.

Date: Thursday, July 13, 2023

Time: 1:00-2:30 pm Pacific / 3:00-4:30 pm Central / 4:00-5:30 pm Eastern


  • Joël Babdor, PhD, Assistant Professor of Systems Pharmacology & Translational Therapeutics, University of Pennsylvania
  • Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, PhD, MD, MAS, Editor-in-Chief, JAMA and the JAMA Network, and Professor of Medicine and Professor of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, UCSF
  • Charlotte Roh, MLIS, Publications Manager, California Digital Library
  • Jae Sevelius, PhD, Professor of Medicine, UCSF, and Research Associate Editor, Transgender Health


Please register to join us for this free webinar and contribute to the discussion. This event is open to all.

Contact anneliese.taylor@ucsf.edu for more information about this event.

Accessibility: This webinar will be recorded and will use automatic closed captioning. UCSF welcomes people with disabilities to all our events. To request reasonable accommodations, please contact Ariel Deardorff by emailing ariel.deardorff@ucsf.edu as soon as possible before the event.




Joël Babdor, PhD, is an assistant professor of systems pharmacology and translational therapeutics, where he studies the dialogue between the microbiome and the immune system for precision medicine. He was previously a postdoctoral researcher in the Spitzer lab at UCSF. He uses high-throughput, high-dimensional technologies and computational methods to study the interactions between the human immune system and the microbiome at the systems level. Dr. Babdor is the co-founder of the BlackInImmuno and the ImmunoDiverse collectives, which celebrate and promote the work of Black, LatinX, and Native American immunologists.

Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, PhD, MD, MAS, is the Lee Goldman, MD, Endowed Professor of Medicine and professor of epidemiology and biostatistics. She is currently the seventeenth Editor in Chief of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and the JAMA Network. Dr. Bibbins-Domingo has previously served as the inaugural vice dean for population health and health equity in the UCSF School of Medicine. She also chaired the UCSF Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics from 2017-2022. Dr. Bibbins-Domingo co-founded the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital that generates actionable research to increase health equity and reduce health disparities in at-risk populations in the San Francisco Bay Area, California, and nationally.

Charlotte Roh, MLIS, is the publications manager for the eScholarship Publishing Program with the California Digital Library. She has an MLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her work experience includes both library and traditional academic publishing with institutions such as the University of San Francisco, University of Massachusetts, Oxford University Press, and Taylor & Francis/Routledge. She currently serves as a board member for the Society for Scholarly Publishing and on the Library Publishing Ethical Framework task force. Her research and published work is on representation and equity in scholarly communications.

Jae Sevelius, PhD, is a professor of medicine at UCSF, professor of medical psychology (in psychiatry) at Columbia University, and a research scientist at New York State Psychiatric Institute. Dr. Sevelius' research focuses on the role of gender affirmation in mental health and HIV-related health outcomes among transgender and gender expansive people. Dr. Sevelius is a research associate editor for Transgender Health, the first peer-reviewed journal dedicated to addressing the healthcare needs of transgender individuals throughout their lifespan and identifying gaps in knowledge as well as priority areas where policy development and research are needed to achieve healthcare equity.


Kanade Shinkai, MD, PhD, is a dermatologist with expertise in caring for hospitalized, systemically ill patients. She sees patients with all types of skin disease but specializes in complex conditions, particularly autoimmune and autoinflammatory skin disorders. In her research, Shinkai studies immunologic and inflammatory skin diseases. Dr. Shinkai strives to advance the collective knowledge of medical information in the field of dermatology through research and collaboration. She is the editor in chief of JAMA Dermatology and is passionate about teaching others about dermatology. 

Related LibGuide: Anti-Racism Resources at UCSF Library by Ariel Deardorff

Thursday, Jul 13 2023
1:00pm - 2:30pm
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