Supporting the Global South and Inclusive Science

Sponsored by Springer Nature

Recorded on 05/22/2024
Posted in The Authority File

Episode 384

In the third episode of this four-part series, Ritu Dhand, Chief Scientific Officer of Springer Nature, underscores the need to engage with and support the Global South in scholarly communication. She walks through the rising research output and impact from nonwestern nations in recent years and the unconscious bias in peer reviewers and editorial boards that prevent this scholarship from reaching a larger audience. Further, Ritu explains the core tenets of inclusive science—publishing all quality research rather than the traditional (and outdated) idea that a journal’s high impact factor correlates with selectivity and low output. Finally, she chats about equitable open access and defines regional novelty and its connection to inclusive science and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


Our guest:

Ritu Dhand headshot

Ritu Dhand, PhD
Chief Scientific Officer
Springer Nature

Ritu Dhand was appointed Chief Scientific Officer, Springer Nature in January 2022. In this role, she is responsible for championing, promoting, and driving editorial excellence across the Springer Nature Journals Portfolio. Her remit also includes oversight of the Springer Nature SDG programme ensuring the research that has the potential to help achieve the Goals is accessible, published and has the attention of those best placed to implement it.

Previous to this role, Ritu was the Vice President, Nature Journals where she oversaw the editorial strategy and management of Nature, Nature Communications, and the Nature Research and Review Journals. Ritu joined Nature in January 1999 as the cancer and signalling editor and was promoted to the Chief Biological Sciences Editor, Nature in 2001 where she had oversight over content and managed the Nature life Sciences team for 13 years. Prior to that, she spent over 10 years studying cancer at PhD & post-doctoral level in research institutes within UCL and the Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, Canada.


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Check out our previous series with Springer Nature:
– Supporting the Sustainable Development Goals
– Introducing Nature Mental Health
– Artificial Intelligence in Medicine (AIM) & Ethics
– Practical Sustainability


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