Who we are

The scientific community, particularly at leadership levels, suffers from a lack of diversity. This disparity arises, in part, from unfair and systemic barriers to progress. Scientists who have been excluded from the community have fewer role models and smaller networks, which makes it more challenging to climb the career ladder. They often carry a greater burden inside and outside work. We want to change the scientific culture to make it more inclusive, equitable, and diverse. To achieve this goal, we offer JEDI awards and we review preprints authored by scientists from underrepresented groups to highlight and support their contributions.

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Our evaluation model

The Life Science Editors Foundation comprises volunteers with expertise in publishing, career development and research. Our assessment includes: the name of the reviewer, potential conflicts of interest and, in our view, the background of the study, the main question, the advance and the significance.


The Preprint Review Features (PReF) describes key elements of each group’s evaluation activities.

Review requested by
Authors, Non-authors
Reviewer selected by
Author, Self-nominated, Editor, service or community
Public interaction
Inclusion of author response
Review coverage
Complete paper, specific aspects
Reviewer identity known to
Competing interests

Our team

  • Angela Andersen
  • Sabbi Lall
  • Helen Pickersgill
  • Giovanna Guerrero-Medina
  • Mandë Holford
  • Alana Welm
  • Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz
  • Marie Bao
  • Kathryn Claiborn
  • Stacie Dodgson
  • Carol Featherstone
  • Caroline Hendry
  • Shawna Hiley
  • Rosy Hosking
  • Susan Jones
  • Milka Kostic
  • Connie Lee
  • Christina Lilliehook
  • Robert Mahen
  • Emilie Marcus
  • Brandi Mattson
  • Kristen Mueller
  • Rebecca Parker
  • April Pawluk
  • John Pham
  • Josephine Rodriguez
  • Aruni Senaratne
  • Diana Stafforini
  • Li-Kuo Su
  • Matt Velinder
  • Usha Vivegananthan
  • Diana Walsh
  • Ellen Wilson
  • Katrina Woolcock

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Content is licensed under the Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 unless otherwise specified.