Gender & Science Resource Center
Free access to research, data, analyses and other resources — Updated 18 September 2019
By the Elsevier Community Posted on 7 March 2017 Updated on 18 September 2019
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.
Elsevier CEO Kumsal Bayazit is among colleagues from Harvard, Elsevier and the NSF who are using data science to improve gender equality in academia, by asking tough questions and setting out to answer them. Read our in-depth report.
“Gender equity in science is not only a matter of justice and rights but is crucial to producing the best research and the best care for patients” – Kumsal Bayazit, Elsevier CEO
Are you interested in receiving updates for Elsevier’s upcoming work around gender and research?
Work has begun on our third gender and research report, which will launch early in 2020. The newest report will refresh data from our earlier reports, expand quantitative analysis into new areas and themes, and include a qualitative research study, focusing on:
- Perceptions of gender equity in research
- Research participation and output
- Career progression
- Process of science
The Lancet targets the gender gap in science, medicine and global health
“Compared with men, women are less likely to be viewed as scientific leaders, contribute more labour for less credit on publications, and are more likely to experience harassment” In its February 2019 special issue, The Lancet targets the gender gap in science, medicine and global health.
Does being a woman matter in chemistry research?
Three female chemistry professors share their experiences and advice about succeeding in this male-dominated field.
Elsevier at #AAASmtg: live updates with award-winning women in science
5 researchers from developing countries accept the 2019 OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Award for their work in the biological sciences
The SHE Figures 2018
The SHE Figures investigate the level of progress made towards gender equality in research and innovation (R&I) in Europe. This is the main source of pan European comparable statistics on the representation of women and men among PhD graduates, researchers and academic decision makers. Elsevier is proud to be a bibliometrics partner developing new indicators and providing data
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.
Elsevier and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
RELX Group, parent company to Elsevier, has a dedicated news and information resource to help advance awareness, understanding and implementation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The RELX Group SDG Resource Centre features content that can help drive forward the SDGs such as articles, reports, tools, webinars, videos, legal practical guidance and discussion groups on science, law, business and events from across RELX Group and its divisions.
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.
- Join the Mendeley Groups UN Sustainable Development Goals: Peace, Planet, People, Prosperity and Partnership.
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.
We are committed to promoting a diverse workforce and we strive to create a work environment that respects individuals and their contributions, and fosters innovation. Read more here.
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".
- Join the Mendeley Group: Gender bias in academic publishing
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- SDG Resource Centre sheds light on sustainability, Elsevier Connect (June 21, 2017)
- Nominations open for OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Award for Women in Science in the Developing World, Elsevier Connect (June 20, 2017)
- In higher ed, it’s not enough to “fix the numbers” of women in STEM, by Gloria Bonder, PhD, and Erin Johnson, Elsevier Connect (June 20, 2017)
- Asia-Pacific Gender Summit aims to boost innovation in research through diversity, Elsevier Connect (June 12, 2017)
- Elsevier and European Commission collaborate to advance gender equality in science, Elsevier Connect (May 30, 2017)
- 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)
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- #HeForShe in science and research (Elsevier Connect)
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- The Elsevier Foundation
- Translating life into science: 5 women tell their stories (Elsevier Connect, March 10, 2016)
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- RELX Group/Elsevier Diversity & Inclusion Statement
- UNESCO Annual International Day of Women and Girls in Science
- UN Women Empowerment Principles (WEP) calendar of events
- Report: Mapping Gender in the German Research Arena
- Sustainability science takes the stage before UN #globalgoals summit, Elsevier Connect (September 24, 2015)
- Nikla Emambokus, Elizabeth Gaskell, Molecular Cell, Anne Granger, Rosalind Mott, Nicole Neuman: "Women in Science", Editorial, Cell Metabolism (May 2016)