Heather van Epps
Editor-in-Chief, The Lancet Rheumatology, The Lancet GroupUnited Kingdom
The Sex and Equity in Research (SAGER) guidelines, published in 2016, were widely endorsed by scientific organisations, funders, and publishers, but few journals incorporated these guidelines into formal editorial policies.
The Lancet journals have gradually developed in-house guidance for how best to report sex and gender; in 2021, the editorial teams of three Lancet journals (The Lancet Psychiatry, The Lancet Rheumatology, and The Lancet Haematology) launched a pilot programme in which the Editors committed to increased vigilance around the reporting of demographic data by sex/gender and ethnicity in all published articles. As part of the pilot, Editors monitored compliance with the SAGER guidelines for all primary research articles and encouraged authors to report outcomes and adverse events data disaggregated by sex/gender.
To facilitate monitoring of adherence to the SAGER guidelines in Lancet journals, we developed a checklist to enable faster editorial checks, promote update of the guidelines by other Editors and journals, and raise awareness among authors. In this session we will present the details of the SAGER checklist and the initial results of the pilot programme from The Lancet Rheumatology.
Appropriate for manuscript editors, journal editors, publishers.
This session in full
Session 8 – Post-acceptance manuscript editing
8.1 Checking the quality of copy editing without actually reading – Yateendra Joshi, Freelancer, EASE Council (more details)
8.2 Introducing the SAGER Checklist – Yaiza del Pozo Martin and Heather van Epps, The Lancet Group (more details)
8.3 Artistic licence: artwork permission practices at The Lancet group – Danielle Gash and Chris Wortley, The Lancet Group (more details)
8.4 Going beyond English at The Lancet – Zoë Mullan, The Lancet Global Health (more details)
8.5 Maintaining scientific integrity: corrections and best practices at The Lancet Group – Ashley Cooper and Jess Dwyer, The Lancet Group (more details)
8.6 Transparency for retractions – Evelyne Decullier, Hospices Civils de Lyon (more details)