The researcher journey through a gender lens

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Elsevier’s latest gender report, The Researcher Journey Through a Gender Lens, examines research participation, career progression and perceptions across the European Union and 15 countries in 26 subject areas. The report draws on Elsevier’s data sources and analytics expertise. It was further informed by experts from around the world. Our goal is to better understand the role gender plays in the global research enterprise and inspire evidence-based policy driven by powerful data.

Some of the important findings in the report include:

  • Men are more highly represented among authors with a long publication history while women are highly represented among authors with a short publication history.
  • Among first authors, the average citation impact of men is higher than that of women, suggesting gender bias in citation practice.
  • Researcher attitudes towards gender diversity and equity vary widely among men and women. Most of the differences in viewpoints are related to the importance an individual places on gender balance and to the perception of fairness in the academic system.

This is our third report on gender in research.


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These reports are part of Elsevier’s broader commitment to gender diversity and inclusion, as a member of the global research community and in support of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 5 to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.


—Kumsal Bayazit, Chief Executive Officer, Elsevier


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