The scientific journal Nature on hiatus against racism

The editorial staff will not publish this Wednesday “That content that is directly relevant to support blacks”, she said.

The prestigious British scientific journal Nature on Wednesday suspended its publications for a day, joining academics and scientific organizations who have put their activities on hiatus in the name of the fight against racism after the death of George Floyd.

«Nature opposes all forms of racism and we join others around the world in saying, unequivocally, Black Lives matter», Indicates the magazine in an editorial in the form of mea culpa, published on its site. “We recognize that Nature is one of the white institutions responsible for bias in research and scholarship. The world of scientific research has been – and remains – complicit in systemic racism, and must do more to correct these injustices and amplify marginalized voices.», Says the editorial.

The scientific journal thus joins the movement called #ShutDownStem launched within American universities and scientific organizations and will not publish on Wednesday “that content that is directly relevant to support blacks in universities and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics, Editor’s note)».

«As members of the global academic community and STEM, we have a huge ethical obligation to stop doing ‘like nothing has happened’“, We can read on the site of the movement from American research personnel.

«Our research papers turn into press releases, books, and laws that reinforce anti-Black narratives. In the field of STEM, we create technologies that affect all parts of our society and which are regularly used as weapons against blacks.», Add the activists of #ShutDownStem.

Review Nature announces in addition to undertake to produce a special issue “which will explore systemic racism in research, research policy and publishing – including the journal Nature».

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