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.
Download Elsevier’s gender report
An examination of research participation, career progression and perceptions across the globe
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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