B – Gender mainstreaming in editorial policies

Heidari S, Eckert MJ, Kippax S. et al. Time for gender mainstreaming in editorial poliocies. Journal of International AIDS Society 2011;14:11

Despite proven sex and gender differences, women continue to be underrepresented in clinical trials, and the absence of gender analyses in published literature is striking. In recent years, there have been numerous initiatives that advocate for gender mainstreaming in health and life science research, in particular in the HIV field, but without much success. Editors, publishers and peer reviewers should try to change the paradigm in the world of scientific publication, and Instructions for authors issued by journals should contain a policy on sex-disaggregated data and gender analysis. In particular, editors’ associations could play an essential role in facilitating a transition to improved standard editorial policies.