The researcher journey through a gender lens

New evidence-based examinations of gender’s impact on research output and quality.

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

Elsevier’s third report on gender’s influence on research


Elsevier has an ongoing commitment to promoting gender diversity and advancing gender equity in global research. In March 2020, 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.

The report draws on a collection of Elsevier’s high-quality data sources and analytics expertise. It is designed to serve as a vehicle for understanding the role gender plays within the global research enterprise.

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Continued evidence-based research leading to key insights

The report includes quantitative analyses into new areas and themes and incorporates qualitative perceptions of gender in research.

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Here is a sample of Key Findings:

  • The ratio of women to men is higher than in the past; among authors, men still outnumber women in all countries and EU28 except Argentina.
  • On average, women researchers author fewer publications than men in every country regardless of authorship position.
  • Birds of a feather finding: Among authors, women and men tend to collaborate with their own gender.

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Gender symposium 2020: The research journey through a gender lens (Washington, DC)

We invite you to attend our first event, the Gender Symposium 2020: The Researcher Journey Through a Gender Lens—a forum for leaders and representatives from higher education, funders, professional organizations, and policymakers with a deep interest in advancing gender equity and promoting more inclusive research.

March 18 in Washington DC

Go here for more information about the Symposium program and to register for this free event.

Times higher education equality, diversity & Inclusion symposium

Join Elsevier at this inaugural event, focused on "Setting the gender agenda in higher education," for a presentation of findings from our newest report. Dr. Lesley Thompson, Vice-president, Academic and Government Strategic Alliances, Elsevier, will also join a panel of distinguished university leaders in discussing how institutions can promote gender equality in research and innovation.

March 10, Queen Mary University of London, London, UK

Visit the event webpage for more information and to register.

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EU Gender Symposium in Brussels

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As a steward of global research, Elsevier wants to promote gender equity in research in a data-driven way. Below are other reports, data, networks, and more you can use to understand and promote diversity in research.

Gender in the Global Research Landscape (2017 Gender Report)

Critical issues related to gender disparity and bias must be examined by sound studies. Drawing upon our high-quality global data sources, analytical expertise and unique gender disambiguation methodology, Elsevier produced a comprehensive report as an evidence-based examination of research performance worldwide through a gender lens and as a vehicle for understanding the role of gender within the structure of the global research enterprise.

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She Figures 2018

The She Figures 2018 report monitors the level of progress made towards gender equality in research and innovation in the European Union. It is funded under Horizon 2020, the EU’s research and innovation programme. Published every three years, the She Figures is the main source of pan‑European, comparable statistics on gender balance in science. The data also sheds light on differences in the experiences of women and men working in research — such as relative pay, working conditions and success in obtaining research funds.

Elsevier provided the data and analyses for Chapter 7 of the report on Research and innovation Outputs.

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Mapping Gender in the German Research Arena

Despite the policies and regulations implemented by the European Commission and within individual countries, there are prominent gaps between women and men in terms of the number of scientific researchers, decision-making positions held, and other aspects of career development such as informal networks of collaboration and access to funding. This report provides evidence and analysis on potential gender gaps in research in Germany by linking data from Scopus to data from a large online social networking service.

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"We have a responsibility": Elsevier’s Holly Falk-Krzesinski on gender equality in research

Elsevier Content Director, Ian Evans, interviews Dr. Holly Falk-Krzesinski, Gender Working Group Co-chair and Vice President of Research Intelligence at Elsevier where she stresses the importance of using a data-informed approach to address gender disparity and bias in research.

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Gender Mendeley Library

The Gender in the Global Research Landscape public group on Mendeley is an open library of diverse references and resources related to gender in the global research landscape. 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.

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Elsevier Gender Resource Center

Elsevier’s Gender & Science Resource Center is 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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Elsevier and RELX SDG Center

Interactive platform by RELX Group lets users find news, research and reports on sustainable development around the world, including SDG 5 — Gender Equality, which focuses on achieving gender equality and empower all women and girls.

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Women's & Gender Studies Research Network

The Women's & Gender Studies Research Network (WGSRN) on the SSRN platform 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.

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Gender Summit

The Gender Summit (GS) is a platform for dialogue and action to improve the quality of research and the relevance of science to society, wherever biological and socio-cultural differences between females and males influence outcomes. Scientists, gender scholars, policy makers and other stakeholders are deeply involved in the process, examining new evidence and establishing consensus wherever improvements are needed. The Elsevier Foundation proudly helps support and steer this critical process globally through its partnership with Portia Ltd on the development of the Gender Summits.

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Gendered Innovations homepage

Gendered Innovations offer state-of-the-art methods of sex and gender analysis. Integrating these methods into basic and applied research produces excellence in science, health & medicine, and engineering research, policy, and practice and stimulate gender-responsible science and technology, thereby enhancing the quality of life for both women and men worldwide. The initiative is based at Stanford University.

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