Standards, Ethics, and Diversity


Mitch Miller (Rice University) (chair)
Vic Young (University of Minnesota)
Branton Campbell (Brigham Young University)


The USNCR/Cr subcommittee on Standards, Ethics, and Diversity focuses on current issues related to establishing and upholding the ethical standards of science, disseminating scientific knowledge, and cultivating a crystallographic-research community that is diverse and inclusive of under-represented and under-supported minority groups.

Ongoing activities and initiatives

  • Survey selected journals and publishing houses regarding current ethical, operational, and financial challenges.
  • Workshop for research administrators on “Supporting high-integrity scientific venues”.
  • Review of funding-agency requirements and funding provisions for open-access publishing.
  • IUCr Congress Young Observers program.

Past initiatives

  • Internal report on scientific-venue integrity (2018-2019).
  • USNC/Cr public statement scientific-venue integrity (2019-2020).
  • Review of F.A.I.R. practices in the crystallographic community (2020).
  • Engaged the ACA, AIP, APS, ACS, and Protein Society in discussions on how to best promote scientific-venue integrity (2020).