Gender & Science Resource Center

Gender & Science Resource Center - Free access to research, data, analyses and other resources

March 7, 2017 - Updated June 23, 2020
Delegates at the Gender Summit Europe in the European Parliament (Photo by Alison Bert)

We created this 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.

Analytical reports

Available now: Elsevier's third report on gender's influence on research

Elsevier's third gender and research report — The researcher journey through a gender lens — is now available for download. This report refreshes data from our earlier reports, expands quantitative analysis into new areas and themes, and includes a qualitative research study, focusing on:

  • Perceptions of gender equity in research
  • Research participation and output
  • Career progression
  • Process of science

The Researcher Journey Through a Gender Lens - reportThe researcher journey through a gender lens

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

Download the report

She Figures 2018 with European Commission

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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. Read more

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.

Holly Falk-Krzesinski, PhDDr. 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.

Related infographics

Gender Report Infographic: Elsevier 2017 from Elsevier

Gender Report 2017 Infographic – Focus on Engineering from Elsevier

Elsevier Gender Report Infographic – Focus on Computer Science from Elsevier

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The Lancet special issue targets the gender gap in science, medicine and global health

The Lancet: Advancing women 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. Read more

More gender research

  • JAMA Network: Emma G. Thomas, MSc (Harvard); Bamini Jayabalasingham, PhD (Elsevier); Tom Collins, PhD (Elsevier) et al: Gender Disparities in Invited Commentary Authorship in 2459 Medical Journals, Original Investigation (October 2019)
  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences: 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 (February 2017)
  • Cell Metabolism: Nikla Emambokus, Elizabeth Gaskell, Anne Granger, Rosalind Mott, Nicole Neuman: Women in Science, Editorial (May 2016)

Mendeley groups for literature review

MendeleyRecognizing 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.

SSRN's Women & Gender Studies Research Network

The Women's & Gender Studies Research Network (WGSRN) provides access to research, scholarship and policy about women and gender. Its purpose is to share and build knowledge on women’s rights and equality, gender identity and gender representation, including men’s studies and queer studies.

Partnering for gender advancement

Mariama answers a question in a lesson about probability and fairness in a class of the Pre-G3 Elsevier Data Analytics Preparatory Program. (Photo by Alison Bert)

Girls in under-served communities learn data science in a program by Girls Inc of NYC and the Elsevier Foundation

In the Pre-G3 Elsevier Data Analytics Preparatory Program, girls in 10 New York City public schools are immersed in the world of data analytics and how data can be used to interpret nearly every aspect of their lives. Read more

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Partnering with the Gender Summits

Quote of Kumsal Bayazit

Held throughout the world, the Gender Summit serves as a forum for researchers, scientific institutions, policymakers and other stakeholders to discuss gender impact on scientific research and innovation. Elsevier first became involved with the Gender Summits in 2011.  Here, Elsevier CEO Kumsal Bayazit writes about her keynote message at the Gender Summit Europe in Amsterdam. Read her story.

Harvard and Elsevier are using data science to improve gender equality in academia

Panelists at the 2019 Representation in Academia summit at Harvard (photo by Alison Bert)

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

Watch Kumsal Bayazit's presentation: "Data-Driven Approaches to Diversity and Inclusion."

OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Award for Women Scientists in the Developing World

Winners of the OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Award for Early-Careers Women Scientists in the Developing World with their awards following the ceremony at the AAAS Meeting.

Since 2012, the OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards for Early-Career Women Scientists in the Developing World have been recognizing the achievements of researchers who have made significant contributions to the advancement of scientific knowledge.

Elsevier and European Commission collaborate to advance gender equality in science

Findings of a 2017 report spark conversation about the story behind the data – and next steps. Read more.

Supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Visit our RELX SDG Resource Centre

SDG goal 5: Gender Equality

Elsevier's parent company, RELX, has a dedicated news and information resource to help advance awareness, understanding and implementation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The RELX 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.

Gender and diversity at Elsevier

EDGE certification

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.

Read the RELX/Elsevier Diversity & Inclusion Statement.

Researchers tell their stories

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Holly J. Falk-Krzesinski, PhD, Gender Working Group Co-chair and Vice President of Research Intelligence at Elsevier, presents data from Elsevier’s 2017 Gender in the Global Research Landscape report at the Gender Representation in Academia Summit, hosted by the Harvard Data Science Initiative. (Photo by Alison Bert)

“We have a responsibility”: Elsevier’s Dr. Holly Falk-Krzesinski on gender equality in research

Elsevier’s VP of Research Intelligence talks about using a data-informed approach to address gender disparity and bias in research. Read more

Improving diversity and inclusion in research and publishing

Gender equity is not only a matter of justice and rights, it is crucial for producing the best research and providing the best care to patients. If the fields of science, medicine, and global health are to improve human lives, they must be representative of the societies they serve. The fight for gender equity is everyone’s responsibility: men and women, researchers, clinicians, funders, institutional leaders, and, yes, even medical journals. Watch the webinar with Dr Lan-Lan Smith, Editor-in-Chief of The Lancet Haematology

A researcher’s quest to clean Nepal’s water leads to an unexpected journey

As a researcher at the Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST), Dr. Tista Prasai Joshi (right), collects a river water sample with Research Assistant Lerensa Shrestha in the Nuwakot District, near Kathmandu. They are monitoring water pollution. (Photo by Mahesh Kafle)

n her studies as an environmental biologist, Dr. Tista Prasai Joshi has been tackling a problem that has sickened thousands in rural Nepal. Her journey would ultimately take her more than 2,000 miles from home to a world-renowned research institute. On March 23, 2013, Tista hugged her 7-year-old son, Manas, goodbye. Read more

Does being a woman matter in chemistry research?

Prof. Yan-Mei Li, PhD, has worked as a lecturer and researcher at Tsinghua University in Beijing since 1992.Three female chemistry professors share their experiences and advice about succeeding in this male-dominated field. Read more

Elsevier at AAAS: live updates with award-winning women in science

5 researchers from developing countries share their stories as they prepare to accept the 2019 OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Award for their work in the biological sciences. Read more

Women in engineering: solving real-life problems


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