Gender in the global research landscape

New method & research by Elsevier

Elsevier’s comprehensive report on research performance through a gender lens, Gender in the Global Research Landscape, spans 20 years, 12 geographies, and 27 disciplines.

This global study draws upon data and analytics, a unique gender disambiguation methodology, and involvement of global experts.

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There is incremental progress towards gender balance in research

Between 1996-2000 and 2011-2015, the proportion of women among researchers increases in all 12 comparator countries and regions.

The share of women among researchers differs across fields of research: Health and Life Sciences fields are found to have the highest representation of women.

Women's scholarly output includes a slightly larger proportion of highly interdisciplinary research than men’s.

Women are slightly less likely than men to collaborate across academic and corporate sectors on papers.

Among researchers, women are generally less internationally mobile than men.

Countries & regions

The comparator countries and regions analyzed were where women comprise more than 40% of researchers.

The proportion of scholarly output resulting from international collaboration

Among researchers in the selected comparator countries or regions, women are slightly less likely to collaborate internationally on research papers. Data: 2011-2015.

Spotlight on the US

Slightly higher citation rates...

Although women tend to publish fewer research articles than men, their articles are downloaded and cited at similar rates, and at slightly higher rates in the US.

* Field-Weighted Impact indicators normalize the data to account for different download and citation rates and practices across articles' fields, types, and ages.

Spotlight on Japan

Higher output on average for women in Japan despite strong underrepresentation

In Japan, the number of women in research is relatively low; however their scholarly output tends to be higher than that of the men.

Spotlight on Engineering

Research impact - Field-Weighted Citation Impact* in Engineering (2011-2015)

In half of the comparators, women's output in Engineering has slightly higher citation impact than men's: USEUCanadaUK, JapanDenmark.

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