Gender Equality

Our mission is to help science and healthcare realize its full potential through quality content, data, analytics and inclusion. But if research has blind spots, algorithms discriminate, or medical treatments don't take into consideration the gender dimension of research, we cannot truly serve our communities. By bringing together the best minds, we will be able to truly collaborate for the good of society.

Explore our initiatives below, and browse our growing portfolio of gender-related journals and books. To address the current situation, we've created a "Gender and Covid-19" Mendely group, a collection of research, studies and other references covering the sex and gender dimensions of the pandemic.


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Our engagement

OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Women in Science Awards

Since 2010, the Women in Science Awards recognize researchers who have made significant contributions to the advancement of scientific knowledge, aiming to increase the influence of women doing high-level science in the developing world. The premise is simple: the more diverse the pool of scientists, the more robust the science.

ARC Network

Elsevier hosts a dedicated group on its Mendeley and SSRN platforms in support of the ADVANCE Resource and Coordination Network Community managed by the Association for Women in Science and supported by the National Science Foundation. We have also supported the annual AWIS Innovation and Inclusion Summit since the program’s inception in 2016.

Gender Summits

We have been supporters of the Gender Summits since 2011. They serve as forum for researchers, institutions, policymakers and other stakeholders to “make gender equality in science and research the norm and promote the inclusion of the gender dimension in STEM research”, as underscored by Dr. Elizabeth Pollitzer, Director of Portia, founder of the Gender Summits and a member of our I&D Board.

Inclusion & Diversity Board

As a global leader in scientific publishing, Elsevier can make an impact in key areas which impede the progress of female researchers. The Board brings together nine influential academic scientists, policymakers, I&D and gender researchers, and professionals in STEM who are committed to driving change in gender balance.

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Our initiatives

Editorial Boards

We have made a concerted effort to achieve greater gender diversity on our editorial boards across all our journals. Today we are at a 22-78% women to man ratio and are committed to improving this balance through a dedicated taskforce. In addition, The Lancet has established a 50:50 gender ratio for its Board, aiming for parity by 2020.


In 4 years, we have increased the participation of women invited speakers at about 50 Elsevier conferences from 15% to 32% and we continue to work towards greater gender diversity for speakers and conference attendance overall.

The Lancet Advancing Women theme issue

This 2019 issue on advancing women in science, medicine and global health contains new international evidence on forms of gender bias in funding; women’s attrition in clinical training programs; and the relationship between women’s leadership and the production of sex/gender-related research.

Peer review

We are committed to addressing biases in peer review and have set up a process for tracking gender across all of Elsevier journals to measure progress. To that end, our journal Cell has recently defined an objective of widening their reviewer pool, having established that 18% of reviewers are women.

Webinar: Gender Bias in academic publishing

This Researcher Academy webinar brings together experts to discuss exactly what unconscious bias is, how to check for it and how to avoid it. They share data highlighting the problem in academic publishing and explore the recent efforts by publishers to make the publishing process more equitable for all.

Women's & Gender Studies Research Network

Hosted by SSRN, the WGSRN Network provides access to research, scholarship and policy to build knowledge on women’s rights and equality, gender identity and gender representation, including men’s studies and queer studies.

Our reports

Gender report 2020

Elsevier’s latest gender report, The Researcher Journey Through a Gender Lens, examines research participation, career progression and perceptions across the EU, and 15 countries in 26 subject areas.

Gender report 2017

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The Gender in the Global Research Landscape Report provides an evidence-based examination of research performance as a vehicle for understanding the role of gender within the structure of the global research enterprise.

Inside Elsevier

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Gender working group

The Gender Working group is an integral part of our sustainability roadmap and rigorously examines key publishing processes and principles within Elsevier, recommending targeted interventions to ensure that we produce the most robust research possible in the most equitable and inclusive way.


Thrive is the employee resource group that highlights the talent that women bring to the company. Thrive's goal is to promote professional progress for all women in Elsevier through advocacy, education and information - and to provide global and local networking, mentoring and development opportunities.

To know more about our initiatives that contribute to gender equality, explore Elsevier Connect and read news, articles and more on SDG5.

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