Elsevier leaders on Scholarly Kitchen: We need to work together to close the gender gap

In light of new findings, a global call to action to improve gender diversity and inclusion in research

By Alison Bert, DMA - March 17, 2020  3 mins
Holly Bamini Ylann presenting
The co-authors of Elsevier’s guest post in Scholarly Kitchen (left to right): At Harvard’s Representation in Academia Summit, Holly J Falk-Krzesinski, PhD, VP of Research Intelligence and Co-chair of the Gender Working Group, and Bamini Jayabalasingham, PhD, Senior Product Manager for Analytical Services; at the 2020 AAAS Meeting introducing the OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards for Women Scientists in the Developing World, Ylann Schemm, MA, Director of the Elsevier Foundation and Co-chair of the Gender Working Group. (Photos by Alison Bert)

Women are gaining in terms of overall participation in research globally, even approaching parity in some areas of the world, and that is cause for celebration. But it’s not yet time to close the book on gender equity efforts – there is still a lot to be done, especially when it comes to addressing the gender gap in terms of inclusion with regard to research funding, patents and career longevity.

With those words, three of Elsevier’s gender in research experts summarized the key takeaways from Elsevier’s recent report in a guest post on Scholarly Kitchen. The report — The Researcher Journey Through a Gender Lens — examines research participation, career progression and perceptions around the world.

The co-authors of this post point out that this report is part of Elsevier’s commitment to inclusion and diversity and to advancing gender equity in research, and they are are highly involved in these efforts: Dr. Bamini Jayabalasingham , Senior Product Manager for Analytical Services, was lead analyst and a co-author on the gender report. Ylann Schemm is Director of the Elsevier Foundation and Co-chair of the Gender Working Group. And Dr. Holly J. Falk-Krzesinski, VP of Research Intelligence at Elsevier, is Co-chair of the Gender Working Group and a co-author of the report. They explained:

Using an evidence-based approach that tapped into our robust data and analytics expertise, we developed this latest report to understand how gender impacts the researcher journey.

We collated and analyzed information about researchers across 15 countries and the EU28, in their roles as authors of academic publications, grant awardees, and patent applicants. This has given us insights into trends in gender-based representation and inclusion across research dimensions.

They go on to discuss key findings of the report. For example, women receive a lower proportion of research grants and are “significantly underrepresented” as inventors and patent applicants.

They conclude with a call to action:

It is our hope that the report will help accelerate the advancement of gender equity in research by enabling data-informed decisions and evidence-based policies and interventions that really make a difference, thereby having a positive impact on individual researchers as well as on the impact of research overall. We are calling on institutions, organizations and governments around the world to work together, look closely at these insights and decide what actions we can all take to improve gender diversity and inclusion in research.

Read the full post on Scholarly Kitchen

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An examination of research participation, career progression and perceptions across the globe

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Cancellation of Gender Symposium 2020 – and a chance to hear from the speakers

Due to the rapidly developing COVID-19 situation, Elsevier cancelled the Gender Symposium 2020: The researcher journey through a gender lens, scheduled for March 18 in Washington, DC. Organizers are planning a series of webinars “to bring you the great information from our speakers and panelists and the important findings from the report.”

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Written by

Alison Bert, DMA

Written by

Alison Bert, DMA

As Executive Editor of Strategic Communications at Elsevier, Dr. Alison Bert works with contributors around the world to publish daily stories for the global science and health communities. Previously, she was Editor-in-Chief of Elsevier Connect, which won the 2016 North American Excellence Award for Science & Education.

Alison joined Elsevier in 2007 from the world of journalism, where she was a business reporter and blogger for The Journal News, a Gannett daily newspaper in New York. In the previous century, she was a classical guitarist on the music faculty of Syracuse University. She received a doctorate in music from the University of Arizona, was Fulbright scholar in Spain, and studied in a master class with Andrés Segovia.

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