Research 2030 podcast: ‘Don’t blame it on the pipeline: Gender disparity in invited commentaries’

Co-authors of revealing Harvard-Elsevier gender bias study discusss their findings on the Research 2030 Podcast, Episode 3

By Giacomo Mancini, PhD and Susannah Beatty-Tucker - February 5, 2020  5 mins
Research 2030 Podcast episode 3

In this episode, we consider the sobering results of a recent study in JAMA Network about invited commentaries. When a journal publishes a paper of particular interest, journal editors will reach out to an expert in the field and ask them to write an editorial about the article and its significance.

The study, by colleagues at Harvard and Elsevier, shows that women researchers are about 20 percent less likely than men to author these invited commentaries – even when they have the same level of experience as their male peers. Incredibly, this figure rises to 40 percent for more senior female scientists.

Join host Anita de Waard, VP of Research Collaborations at Elsevier, as she explores the study with two of the authors: Emma Thomas, a doctoral candidate in biostatistics at Harvard, and Dr. Bamini Jayabalasingham, Senior Product Manager for Elsevier’s Analytical Services. Here, they discuss some of the factors contributing to their findings and the implications for the larger research landscape.

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Emma Thomas

Harvard

Emma Thomas is a doctoral student in the Department of Biostatistics at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health. Her doctoral work has centered on leveraging modern machine learning and statistical techniques to extract interpretable insights from large observational datasets.

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Bamini Jayabalasingham, PhD

Elsevier

Dr. Bamini Jayabalasingham is a PhD-trained researcher with experience conducting evaluations to support evidence-based policy and program changes at the federal and municipal level. She has managed teams to coordinate program evaluations, policy implementation, strategic planning and data analyses

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Anita de Waard, PhD

Elsevier

As VP of Research Collaborations at Elsevier, Dr. Anita de Waard works with academic and industry partners on projects pertaining to progressing modes and frameworks for scholarly communication.

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Upcoming report: The researcher journey through a gender lens

Gender disparity and bias in research, as explored in this podcast episode, negatively affect the breadth and impact of research and the opportunities for researchers to advance in their careers. To understand this impact and overcome barriers, the global research community must closely examine the critical issues using an evidence-based approach.

Elsevier has an ongoing commitment to promoting gender diversity and advancing gender equity in global research. In March, we will publish The researcher journey through a gender lens: A global examination of research participation, career progression and perceptions. This is our third report on gender and research.

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Written by

Giacomo Mancini, PhD

Written by

Giacomo Mancini, PhD

Dr. Giacomo Mancini is a Business Development Manager at Elsevier and lead host of Elsevier’s Research 2030 Podcast Series. He received his PhD in Developmental and Evolutionary Biology from New York University and has a vast amount of research experience, having held positions as a Scientist and Research Associate at Johnson & Johnson and Mount Sinai Innovative Partners. While he’s passionate about analytics and bibliometrics, you may also find him reading the sports section of fivethirtyeight.com or tracking MLB player statistics on baseballreference.com. Go Mets!

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Susannah Beatty-Tucker

Written by

Susannah Beatty-Tucker

Susannah Beatty-Tucker is Manager of Content Marketing Strategy & Development at Elsevier and producer of Elsevier's Research 2030 podcast series. She is based in San Diego, California.

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