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Manuscript Submission Deadline 26 September 2023
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The motto "we are everywhere", first heard during the 1969 Stonewall Riots, remains just as relevant in 2023, as the pursuit of shaping an inclusive and just society is still ongoing.

Though diversity and inclusion initiatives can be prioritized, it is still a common misconception that efforts to deliberately fill this gap in representation are antithetical to the ideals of meritocracy. “Ability” and “merit” should be the sole parameters, and the “top tier” scientists, regardless of their self-identification and background, will eventually rise to their well-deserved, high-profile careers.

However, according to a 2018 study published in ScienceAdvances, queer STEM students are 7% more likely than their non-queer colleagues to switch to a non-STEM field after a 4-year curriculum, and 14% less likely to stay in a STEM major if they have had a research experience.

This means that the idea of sole merit-based success is unrealistic.

Purposeful and deliberate representation of LGBTQIA+ scientists in high-visibility roles will provide role models that could further inspire LGBTQIA+ youth to pursue careers in STEM, thus reverting drop-out numbers and retaining precious expertise, knowledge, and ideas in research.

For this reason, Frontiers in Nanotechnology is proud to offer this platform to empower a team of openly-LGBTQIA+ editors to solicit for submission of Original Research, Reviews, Mini-Reviews, and perspectives across the entire breadth of the nanotechnology field.

This collection welcomes contributions from all authors, both members of the LGBTQIA+ community and allies. Publishing in this collection is a statement and a declaration of will to be active in supporting our journey towards equality.

Keywords: nanotechnology, nanophotonics, nanobiotechnology, nanoelectronics, nanomaterials, biomedical nanotechnology, LGBT, LGBTQIA, LGBTQIA+


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

The motto "we are everywhere", first heard during the 1969 Stonewall Riots, remains just as relevant in 2023, as the pursuit of shaping an inclusive and just society is still ongoing.

Though diversity and inclusion initiatives can be prioritized, it is still a common misconception that efforts to deliberately fill this gap in representation are antithetical to the ideals of meritocracy. “Ability” and “merit” should be the sole parameters, and the “top tier” scientists, regardless of their self-identification and background, will eventually rise to their well-deserved, high-profile careers.

However, according to a 2018 study published in ScienceAdvances, queer STEM students are 7% more likely than their non-queer colleagues to switch to a non-STEM field after a 4-year curriculum, and 14% less likely to stay in a STEM major if they have had a research experience.

This means that the idea of sole merit-based success is unrealistic.

Purposeful and deliberate representation of LGBTQIA+ scientists in high-visibility roles will provide role models that could further inspire LGBTQIA+ youth to pursue careers in STEM, thus reverting drop-out numbers and retaining precious expertise, knowledge, and ideas in research.

For this reason, Frontiers in Nanotechnology is proud to offer this platform to empower a team of openly-LGBTQIA+ editors to solicit for submission of Original Research, Reviews, Mini-Reviews, and perspectives across the entire breadth of the nanotechnology field.

This collection welcomes contributions from all authors, both members of the LGBTQIA+ community and allies. Publishing in this collection is a statement and a declaration of will to be active in supporting our journey towards equality.

Keywords: nanotechnology, nanophotonics, nanobiotechnology, nanoelectronics, nanomaterials, biomedical nanotechnology, LGBT, LGBTQIA, LGBTQIA+


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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