When a scholarly publisher endorses the statement that Black Lives Matter, especially in the context of current societal tensions in the US and other countries, it needs to do more than just echo it.
Here we have undertaken one simple action: we have selected a freely available collection of content relevant to some of the issues that have led to the use of this singularly powerful statement.
We hope that the collection will help readers gain from research insights, not least in the history and social science of racism and police violence. And we have sought to amplify Black voices within our collection by sharing their research, personal stories and journey.
At the same time we are working on longer timescales to achieve other but related goals. For example, we intend to expand our content on issues around the world on structural racism, authoritarianism, discrimination and anti-Black violence, policing, inequality, health disparities, and access to justice, with the express intention of growing our content in a way that reflects current societal challenges, including those affecting Black lives. Also, we are working to improve diversity and inclusion in our recruitment of editorial advisors and boards and of staff.
We know that we have much to do in these respects. But we are determined that our goals and actions will indeed better reflect the fact that Black Lives Matter.