The past few months have been a time of reflection for all at Wiley on not only the outcome of elections and referenda but also many of the larger challenges we face as global citizens: government restrictions on immigration; opposition to evidence-based science; fear of globalization; access to quality education and employment. The changes that we are witnessing provide all of us with an important opportunity to think about our own values and what it means to be a global citizen. In the three weeks since the U.S. Presidential Executive Order on immigration was issued, we have been in discussions with the communities we serve: our researchers, our authors and our partners in learning. These conversations have reaffirmed our core values—ones that have inspired us at Wiley since our founding.
Over two centuries ago, Charles Wiley opened a print shop in Manhattan. Soon after, his first bookstore became a meeting place for writers, artists, and inventors to discuss and debate issues of the day, and his publications reflected his interest in everything from literature to science and technology. We are proud that this rich heritage of sharing knowledge is still alive today at Wiley and has been extended to every corner of the world where we now operate. We continue to work with our partners to advance knowledge and progress in science and education, whether it is bringing together experts in their field to share meaningful insights, creating new tools for researchers to speed up discovery or helping institutions and faculty move online to reach students no matter where they are.
We thrive when our authors and partners are free to work and travel across borders, and our colleagues are free to do the same at our offices around the world. We oppose any ban that restricts access to the United States on the basis of race, religion, gender or country of national origin. We oppose restrictions on the activities of government employed scientists and the use of their data. We support evidence-based science as the bedrock of public policy solutions to our most urgent problems, from protecting public health to mitigating climate change. As a global community of citizens, we are all fundamentally stronger through diversity and a free exchange of ideas. These values are widely held across the globe by billions of people: enlightenment – the search for truth through reason, the spread of knowledge as the basis for human progress, the importance of debate and tolerance and the belief in human liberty.
Now more than ever, science and education have no borders. Knowledge has no borders. Values have no borders. Global interconnectedness, education, independent, evidence-based science and diversity of all kinds—heritage, sexuality, citizenship, religion, thought—are critical to continued progress. This truth is all around us. One in five scholarly publications is written by coauthors from different countries sharing their latest discoveries with their communities and the world. A recent paper in a Wiley journal by researchers from Iran, Turkey, France, Morocco and the US is helping to advance the fight against tuberculosis, which kills more than a million people a year. There are countless examples of the same kind of collaboration; from the 1 million international students who call American colleges and universities home to the 100 American Nobel Prize winners who were immigrants to this land and represent diversity, inclusiveness and freedom of thought.
In the coming weeks and months, we will be in touch here on Wiley Exchanges to continue this conversation in support of our communities and address the current attacks on our values. At Wiley, we remain committed to working alongside our partners to explore all avenues to truth and to protect global interconnectedness, robust independent science and diversity in all forms.
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