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By the Elsevier Community Posted on 7 March 2017
At Elsevier we are deeply committed in promoting gender equality in STEM. For more than a decade, the Elsevier Foundation has contributed to the advancement of women scholars, both in developing and developed countries, through grants and other partner investment.
Gender diversity is also a priority in our workplace. Two years ago, we implemented the EDGE (Economic Dividends for Gender Equality) program across our eight core business operations worldwide, thereby becoming among the first information service and technology companies to attain the EDGE Assess Certification globally.
We have formed trans-business Gender Working Groups to address issues of importance to the research community, such as enhancing sex and gender reporting in research articles and achieving gender balance on our journal editorial boards and conferences.
Meanwhile, through our data and analytical capabilities, we are able to provide the evidence needed to inform and stimulate debate, establish benchmarks for measuring progress, and catalyze positive change at the policy level.
Elsevier is proud to support the UN's Sustainable Development Goal 5: “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls” and the Global Research Council’s Statement of Principles and Actions Promoting the Equality and Status of Women in Research.
We created this Gender & Science Resource Center as a source of information for researchers, research leaders, policymakers and anyone else interested in gender diversity and its impact on science and the society.
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Updated on 7 March 2017
New gender research benchmark report
Drawing upon Scopus data and unique gender disambiguation methodology, Elsevier has produced a new report: Gender in the Global Research Landscape.
Dr. Holly Falk-Krzesinski, Elsevier’s VP of Strategic Alliances, explains: "A lot of discussions around gender disparity are driven by experience and speculation. With this report, we provide data that can be used – and built upon – by research leaders, stakeholders in government and funding bodies, and policymakers more broadly."
The report reveals that, overall, the percentage of women among researchers and inventors has increased over the past 20 years.
Between 1996 and 2000, of the 12 comparators (countries and regions) examined, only in Portugal did women represent more than 40 percent of researchers; by the period 2011-15, women represented at least 40 percent of researchers in nine of the 12 comparators examined.
The nine comparators with at least 40 percent of the researcher population being women are: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, the European Union, France, Portugal, the United Kingdom, and the United States; the remaining comparators with still fewer than 40 percent women researchers are: Chile, Mexico, and Japan.
Other general trends found across all comparator countries or regions:
- Although women tend to publish fewer research articles than men, their articles are cited or downloaded at similar rates.
- Women are generally less internationally mobile than men; women are less likely to collaborate internationally on research papers.
- Health and life sciences fields of research have the highest representation of women, while physical sciences are dominated by men.
- Women are slightly less likely than men to collaborate across academic and corporate sectors on research articles.
- The proportion of patent applications with at least one woman among their inventors tends to be higher than the proportion of women among inventors.
Gender in the Global Research Landscape follows Elsevier's groundbreaking 2015 report Mapping Gender in the German Research Arena.
For more information on analytical reports, please visit Analytical Services.
Mendeley – Elsevier’s Gender Report references and literature review list
Recognizing that critical issues related to gender in research, such as equality, disparity, and bias, must be examined by sound studies, this community resource is intended to foster evidence-based intervention and policy development and dissemination, and encourage further empirical studies.
Join the Mendeley Group: Gender in the Global Research Landscape, and discover key references we used as part of/ or as background research for the report: "Gender in the global research landscape".
Elsevier is one of the first information service and technology companies in the world to obtain EDGE Assess certification, the global standard for gender equality in the workplace.
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Elsevier Gender & Science events
- March 31: Gender in the Global Research Landscape report launch event in Washington, DC.
- May 12: Gender in the Global Research Landscape, report launch event Belgium, Brussels
- May 25-26: Elsevier colleagues presenting at Gender Summit 10 Asia-Pacific, Tokyo
- November 6-8: Elsevier colleagues presenting at Gender Summit 11, Montreal
More information about these events can be found here.
Related resources and articles
- Elsevier Connect: Gender in science: "an initiative for change"
- The Elsevier Foundation
- Elsevier Connect: Taking concrete steps towards gender parity
- RELX Group/ Elsevier Diversity & Inclusion Statement
- UNESCO Annual International Day of Women and Girls in Science
- UN Women Empowerment Principles (WEP) calendar of events
- Mapping Gender in the German Research Arena
- Sustainability science takes the stage before UN #globalgoals summit
- Mathias Wullum Nielsena, Sharla Alegria, Love Börjeson, Henry Etzkowitz, Holly J. Falk-Krzesinski, Aparna Joshi, Erin Leahey, Laurel Smith-Doerr, Anita Williams Woolley, and Londa Schiebinger: "Gender diversity leads to better science" Research article, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (February 2017)
- Nikla Emambokus, Elizabeth Gaskell, Molecular Cell, Anne Granger, Rosalind Mott, Nicole Neuman: "Women in Science", Editorial, Cell Metabolism (May 2016)
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