As part of our ongoing effort to champion diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in the communities Springer Nature serves, we are pleased to publish this report on the perceptions and experiences of nearly 5,000 researchers, captured through an online survey and series of interviews.
The report finds there is widespread experience of discrimination, harassment, and bullying by researchers across all demographics but those who identify as part of an underrepresented group - notably by gender, ethnicity, or race – are experiencing even more instances of such behaviours. Moreover, many underrepresented groups feel that DEI initiatives are failing to meet their needs. While this is by no means the first report on this topic, we hope this new data can further inform and advance collaborative action. To deliver a diverse and inclusive global research culture, it is critical to make all researchers – especially those from dominant groups – aware of the experiences of underrepresented communities. Together, we can shape a research future that has a positive impact for all.