The Cite Black Author team receives various questions from authors, collaborators, media, and higher education institutions. Please see our frequently asked questions here. If you do not see the answer to your question here, please visit our Contact Us page to reach out to the team.
I believe there is an author or piece of work in this database that should be removed or censored in some capacity. What happens next?
How To Use This Database
We maintain a resources section that includes paper calls, journals with majority BIPOC editors, groups to follow, and more. We will be adding additional resources that focus on mentorship and further amplifying Black scholars soon. Please also check out the expert listing in our database to further connect with scholars.
We would LOVE to publish guest blog posts from Black scholars on our site! Posts usually focus on Black themes within any academic or research field. You could highlight a recent study, deconstruct higher education models that truly practice equity and inclusion, or any number of topics that our visitors might be interested in. We may also re-post an article you have written on your personal website with a link to the original post. Blog posts may be featured in newsletters or via social media.
To submit a blog post, please email Jennifer Sadler, Project Lead, at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: CBA Blog Post Submission. Be sure to include the following:
- Title of your post
- Full blog post or 300-500 word abstract
- Short Author Bio, Photo, and Field of Study (if applicable)
- Any additional photos or other media you would like included in the post.
Please allow 48-72hrs for a receipt of submission. Two members of our team will review the article and decide if it would be applicable to the mission and vision of Cite Black Authors.
The Cite Black Author database is meant to amplify Black scholarly work, and to do that effectively we encourage everyone to search through the citations listed for topics that best align with your research. Including authors in your work allows for them to be recognized in their academic field and aides in securing tenure, promotion and other academic positions that rely heavily on publications and citations. You may also find Black scholars to collaborate with on research projects, invite to your campus for guest lectures, or utilize their research in teaching exercises. Each of these actions will not only add to their scholarship and service, but it will also expand the depth of content that you bring to your work.
Any Black scholar engaged in academic work is welcome to be a part of this database. For scholarly work, we are focused on the pieces that carry the most capital on an academic Curriculum Vitae: peer-reviewed articles, books, case studies, or conference proceedings. Most commonly, these items will be associated with a DOI or PMID number. Non-peer reviewed conference abstracts are excluded (they are just too numerous and do not carry CV weight). We will accept self-submissions of other kinds of non-peer-reviewed work that lack a DOI number on a case-by-case basis, such as those in the creative arts fields. Please see our Submission Requirements page for more information.
You can visit The Database page on the website and their contact information should be listed under the “Expert Listings” section. Most scholars should have some form of contact information (google scholar, professional website, email, etc.) listed, but if not, feel free to contact one of our team members and we will reach out to that scholar to ask for permission to share their contact details with you
Nomination and Vetting of Scholars
We vet scholars and scholarly work as described in our Submission Requirements page. We do not edit entries, but we may reach out to gain additional information that is not clear via the information gathered, such as abstracts or keywords. Our vetting process ensures that those listed will have their work amplified towards the goal of tenure or other professional goals.
We will contact the nominated scholar to invite them to be included in the database. We will not presume their racial identity when we contact them. If we do not hear from the scholar after the initial contact, we will try one more time. What happens next is up to them. If the scholar chooses to be included in the database, they will need to fill out a form indicating their consent. In this form, they may include their CV or a link to a professional website containing all of their publications. If the scholar does not supply their own publication list, we will use web resources to identify their peer reviewed scholarly work to the best of our abilities. After receiving consent and identifying their publications, we will manually enter these publications into the database. From start to finish, depending on the number of publications authored by the scholar, this may take several weeks. Scholars that opt in to our mailing list will receive periodic updates about the database. Any scholar is invited at any time to let us know about new publications, new areas of expertise, or changes to professional affiliations and titles.
I’m not a Black scholar. I might feel awkward talking to Black scholars about this. How do I nominate someone? Will they know I nominated them?
You can nominate someone through the forms available on the Submission Page (fill out the form and it will close once you have indicated that you are submitted for someone else). They will not know who nominated them, and we will not presume the scholar’s racial identity when we contact them.
Every author is contacted prior to inclusion in the database. No person is included in this database without their explicit, written permission.
Black authors may be self-nominated, or be nominated by friends, colleagues, or an unconnected member of their field. We acknowledge that misidentification could occur, and we are very concerned about this risk. Our process is focused on self-identification. All authors are contacted prior to database inclusion, and we do not assume racial identity when we contact the author. In the unlikely circumstance that a concern arises regarding the identity of a scholar included in this database, the case will be reviewed by a minimum of two members of our founding board. If appropriate, the author will be directly contacted for discussion. We believe this scenario is unlikely, but we want to be transparent about how we will handle this should a concern arise.
Scholars are individuals that are engaged in academic work, and they are most typically working toward or have already achieved a professional degree (e.g., MS, PhD, MD, DO). The professional title is not important; trainees are welcome.
As of now, our policy is that you need to at least have a citation or be cited in some capacity to also be listed as an expert. Your peer-reviewed publications serve as the validation of your expertise.
My field of research is more creative (i.e. theatre, dance, etc). Can I also submit that work here?
Yes, you can! We welcome and encourage the submission of work from diverse research fields. In fact, it is our hope that our database would accurately represent the varied backgrounds of black scholars within the academic community. If you have questions regarding the submission requirements for any of your work, please visit our Submission Requirements page.
No, there is no fee to submit any of your publications. This site is a completely free database created to highlight the achievements and works of black scholars, and as such is a resource available at no cost to you. If you wish to submit any of your work, simply fill out the form on our Submissions page.
Support and Future Plan
Please contact us. We need people to do a number of things, including advertising this effort, following up with nominated scholars, and helping with the database entries. We’ll take all the help we can get! Also, we would love additional web development support. Pretty please. Like, tell us your favorite cookies, and we’ll send you a box every week for a year. If you have any expertise in this area or know someone who does, let us know.
This is a wonderful idea, and we hope it will be an eventual outcome of this project. Our current focus is on Black scholars, but we would love to collaborate to enable better equity practices for other underrepresented groups. If you are interested in partnering, please contact us.
We hope that the database can eventually become a self-sustained effort. Right now, we are doing database entry manually, which is important but painstaking work. If we could automate this process, we could significantly expand the database. Eventually, we hope we can either identify a partner or secure funding to enable one- or two-click automation of database entry.
The Founding of CBA
In the wake of George Floyd’s death, two of us began to discuss the problem of inequitable citation practices and how moments of social injustice are often written about and cited by our White colleagues. Black scholars are not published or cited enough within academic spaces to truly shift the narrative of this time. We realized that there are ways to achieve equitable citation – but that the time required for academics to implement those solutions on an individual basis is a barrier to widespread adaptation. If we really wanted to see a change in the behavior of others, we would have to make it easier to quantify and equilibrate representation in citation lists. From there, the idea of an easily accessed, searchable database of Black authored work was born. A grassroots team was assembled through word of mouth and professional networks to make this happen.
For more information on WHY each of us decided to join this project, read about the foundation of CBA.