Life Science Editors Foundation

Everyone Deserves the Opportunity to Succeed

Park City, UT   |  http://lifescienceeditors.org/

Mission

Most human societies suffer from inequality and prejudice. The scientific community is no different. Talented individuals are denied opportunities to succeed because of discrimination. The mission of the Life Science Editors Foundation is to accelerate equity in science. We will achieve our mission by channeling the diverse knowledge and expertise of the scientific community, in particular current and former journal editors, technical writers, and researchers, to support the success of scientists who have been discriminated against and excluded. We want to empower the scientist in everyone, everywhere.

Ruling year info

2021

Principal Officer

Angela Andersen

Co Principal Officer

Helen Pickersgill

Main address

Summit Park

Park City, UT 84098 USA

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EIN

85-2251640

NTEE code info

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Science has a diversity problem. For example: • Women represent 52% of the US resident population, 54% of Assistant Professors, but only 34% of Professors at academic institutions. • Black, Latinx and Indigenous women constitute 14% of the US resident population but represent only 4% of Professors. This disparity in career advancement arises from unfair barriers to productivity. As a consequence, women have shorter careers than men. Black scientists are less likely than White scientists to be awarded an NIH R01 award, the most common source of academic funding for health-related research in the US. This reduced productivity is perpetuated by many obstacles uniquely faced by excluded scientists, including cumulative disadvantage, isolation, bias, sexism, and racism. These obstacles interfere with their performance, persistence, and career advancement. Excluded scientists have to work twice as hard to get half as far. See: https://lifescienceeditors.org/why-we-do-it/

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion Awards

Our Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) awards provide free scientific or language edits of a scientific manuscript or grant proposal from one of our volunteers (a former journal editor, current journal editor, technical writer, or researcher). In 2021, we plan to give 55 JEDI awards (equivalent to >$35,000) to students, postdocs and principal investigators (tenure-track/early career researchers within 7 years of starting their position, excluding any career breaks or extensions) who have a completed draft of a manuscript or grant proposal ready for editing. Manuscript-submission applicants must be first or corresponding author.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Sexual identity
Academics

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Hours of expertise provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups, Caregivers, Sexual identity, Researchers, Health

Related Program

Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion Awards

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Prior to 2021 we awarded "Parental Leave Grants". Starting Feb. 2021 we launched JEDI awards and our team has donated >250 hours of expertise.

Dollar price per hour of expertise

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups, Caregivers, Health, Sexual identity, Researchers

Related Program

Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion Awards

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of job skills training courses/workshops conducted

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups, Caregivers, Health, Sexual identity, Researchers

Related Program

Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion Awards

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We launched LSEF in 2020 and formally started the JEDI awards in Feb 2021. We have provided >30 awards which are effectively writing workshops.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn more about Sustainable Development Goals.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goal is to accelerate equity, inclusion, diversity and a broad sense of belonging in the scientific community. Everyone deserves the opportunity to succeed. We want to change the scientific culture so that it supports, invests in and commits to the continuous career development of scientists from all walks of life.

Dedicated and Tailored Support: Our team of volunteers works directly with scientists on a variety of submissions (manuscripts, grant proposals, job applications etc) to make them more compelling and boost your productivity. In the process, we teach them new skills.

Our world-class team of PhDs has extensive experience working at the top scientific journals and institutes. We apply this unique expertise and perspective to help researchers reach their full potential.

Our monthly Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) awards provide editorial support, strategic advice, and constructive feedback from one of our top-flight volunteers. Graduate student, postdocs, or tenure-track/early career principal investigators (within seven years of starting their own research group excluding career breaks) who have a manuscript or grant in completed draft form ready for editing in any area of experimental biology are eligible to apply. https://lifescienceeditors.org/apply/

These awards are offered to scientists facing unfair obstacles to career progression, including but not limited to people from historically underrepresented races or ethnic groups, people from low socioeconomic backgrounds, people with disabilities, women, primary caregivers, people who identify as LGBTQ+, and people in a low or lower middle income country.

Skill Development: We provide resources, workshops, and seminars on grant and manuscript writing and publishing. We have also developed a preeminent Editor Training Program for those interested in pursuing a career in scientific editing and publishing.

Network Expansion: Through our support and training activities, we connect you directly to our team of volunteers who have successfully navigated diverse career trajectories within academic research, industry, education, technical writing, publishing, and communication. This effort will expand circles and unite diverse groups within the scientific community.

We have 32 volunteers on our board and team to help us achieve our goals. Our volunteers include former journal editors (including the editors-in-chief of prestigious scientific publications), current journal editors (including the editor-in-chief of Cell), grant specialists, researchers, and academics. Our team represents diverse demographics, which allows us to meet the needs of equally diverse researchers. Please see https://lifescienceeditors.org/who-we-are/

We started the JEDI awards in February 2021. Since then, we have worked with over 30 JEDI awardees from 25 institutes and 10 countries around the world. Our volunteers have invested over 230 hours, equivalent to more than $29,000 USD, to help JEDI awardees achieve their goals. More information on our Success Stories can be found here: https://lifescienceeditors.org/success-stories/

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve academic researchers at all levels: graduate students, post docs, senior scientists, academic faculty etc.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.),

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We now routinely include one-on-one zoom conversations with the people we serve.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    We will initiate an Ambassador Program to ensure that the power shifts to the people we serve.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Life Science Editors Foundation

Board of directors
as of 11/4/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Sabbi Lall

Life Science Editors Foundation

Term: 2021 -

Angela Andersen

Life Science Editors Foundation

Helen Pickersgill

Life Science Editors Foundation

Valentina Greco

Yale University

Giovanna Guerrero-Medina

Yale University

Mandë Holford

CUNY Hunter College

Alana Welm

Huntsman Cancer Institute

Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz

University of Cambridge (UK), California Institute of Technology (USA)

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/04/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data