How are Black authors nominated or identified?

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.