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To make science more just, there is an instructive rallying cry: ‘nothing about us, without us’. We are frequently struck by research and expert commentary about regions or topics that feature no authors with relevant local or lived expertise. Take, for example, remote fieldwork that should be done with scientists on the ground, notably women; or work that is done with locals who go uncredited; or items about diversity that are authored solely by straight, cisgender white men from high-income nations.