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Taking an antiracist posture in scientific publications in human genetics and genomics

06/07/2023 10:28am
Genetics in Medicine

From its earliest days, the field of human genetics has had a complex, and at times troubling, connection with racist ideologies.
Although the modern field of human genetics and genomics has come a long way from those earlier errors, systemic racism
remains ingrained in its institutions and practices. Although a variety of efforts are needed to excise systemic racism, we focus in
this commentary on the work that must be done in scientific publishing in genetics and genomics. We propose eight principles that
are both scientifically grounded and antiracist that we hope will serve as a foundation for the development of policies by publishers
and editorial boards that address the unique needs of the field of genetics and genomics. Publishers and journals must go beyond
mere policies, however. Editors and reviewers will need training on these policies and principles, and will benefit from resources like
rubrics that can be used for evaluating the adherence of submissions to these guidelines.


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