Creating a more inclusive journal: the Journal of the Medical Library Association’s evolving process for selecting editorial board members


  • Margaret Henderson Former Editorial Board Member, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
  • John W. Cyrus Editorial Board Member and Equity Workgroup Member, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
  • Erin R. B. Eldermire Editorial Board Member and Equity Workgroup Member, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  • Jill T. Boruff Assistant Editor, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • Katherine G. Akers Former Editor-in-Chief and Equity Workgroup Member
  • Beverly Murphy Editorial Board Member and Equity Workgroup Member, Duke University, Durham, NC



editorial board, equity, diversity


The Journal of the Medical Library Association (JMLA) selects new editorial board members every year. In the spring of 2021, JMLA used a new process for reviewing and selecting applicants for the limited number of open editorial board positions. This reevaluation of the selection process was spurred by a desire to create a more diverse and representative board. Changes to the procedures for selecting new editorial board members included having an open call for editorial board members, creating an application form, creating a selection committee to screen applicants, creating a form for the selection committee to extract data from applications, and creating a two-step process for screening and then selecting board members. As part of construction of this new process, areas for continued improvement were also identified, such as refining the application form to allow more specific answers to areas of interest to the selection committee. The newly created selection process for editorial board members constitutes a significant change in JMLA processes; however, more can be done to build on this work by further refining the selection process and ensuring that new members are selected in a transparent and streamlined manner.


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