Several prominent publishers said they did not track the race and ethnicity of the researchers contributing to their platforms.
On June 16, three weeks after the killing of George Floyd set off a wave of protests that would blaze across the globe, Joël Babdor received an unexpected email.
A commitment to diversity is commendable, but if you aren’t tracking performance, you don’t know if you have really had any change in outcomes.
Dr. Babdor recalled being excited and flattered by the message. But then, he said, “I started to spiral.”
Three years prior, he had been a first author on a paper published in Nature Immunology, a highly respected journal. But even after nearly a decade in his field, Dr. Babdor could not name more than a few other Black immunologists. He couldn’t help but wonder how much of an anomaly he was.