Working toward racial and social equality: research and commentary

Free access to curated research related to systemic racism, healthcare bias, racial violence, law enforcement reform and social justice movements

By The Elsevier Community - July 23, 2020 - Updated September 23, 2020

At Elsevier, we have been deeply affected by the protests in the United States and the growing awareness of systemic racism and inequality. In the words of our CEO, Kumsal Bayazit:

We need to re-examine Elsevier’s role in research … and how (we) can make an active and positive contribution to accelerate equity, inclusion and diversity.

This resource center is just one of the steps we are taking in partnership with the research community. Here, you will find research and commentary related to racial and social equality with an emphasis on the Black experience in America. Content is curated by a team of our journal editors and publishers and members of our African Ancestry Network, and it will be continually updated. All resources are free to access.

Of course, racism and social inequality are universal realities that transcend time and affect people around the world. We believe that scientific research and innovation are fundamental to achieving a sustainable and equitable future.To that end, Elsevier, with our parent company RELX, is a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact, dedicated to advancing human rights and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

We hope you find the resources here useful, whether you're a researcher, healthcare professional, professor, student, policymaker or community leader.

We wish to thank our African Ancestry Network colleagues for their guidance in preparing this resource.

SSRN's Race & Social Inequity hub

Visit SSRN's Racial & Social Inequity hubSSRN’s Race & Social Inequity hub highlights early-stage research related to systemic racism, bias in healthcare, racial violence, law enforcement reform, and social justice movements. This hub presents curated insights from many disciplines that might inform the ongoing conversation about race and culture that was triggered by the murder of George Floyd and subsequent global protests. It is our hope that these insights from fields of study such as criminal justice, anthropology, political science and philosophy will help eradicate racism and bring about lasting change. It is important to note that these papers have not been edited or benefited from the pivotal role of peer-review, which validates and improves the quality of final published journal articles.

SSRN, Elsevier’s world-leading platform devoted to the rapid worldwide dissemination of early-stage research, is committed to advancing societal progress through quality knowledge and education. Research on SSRN is free to download and upload.

Here is a curated selection of those articles.

Selected preprints from SSRN's Race & Social Inequity Hub

Research related to systemic racism, bias in healthcare, racial violence, law enforcement reform, and social justice movements

Published research

Articles in Elsevier's journals

Research related to systemic racism, bias in healthcare, racial violence, law enforcement reform, and social justice movements

Bias and racial disparities in healthcare

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Disparities in health and care reflect a complex interaction between social, biologic, and health factors that are all driven by social determinants of health. In this context, social determinants of health are “the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age,” and include economic stability, neighborhood/physical environment, education, food sources, community/social context, and healthcare systems available to patients." Recognizing the increased societal awareness of these issues, Urology is planning a special issue devoted to Racial and Social Disparities in Urology, edited by Yaw Nyame, MD, Assistant Professor of Urology, Department of Urology, University of Washington, and Tracy Downs, MD, Professor of Urology, Associate Dean for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, Department of Urology, University of Wisconsin.

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