B – Women underrepresented on editorial boards of top-ranked medical journals

Amrein K, Langmann A, Fahrleitner-Pammer A, et al. Women underrepresented on editorial boards of 60 major medical journals. Gender Medicine 2011;8(6):377-387
(doi: 10.1016/j.genm.2011.10.007)

Significant gender disparity is still present at many levels of academic medicine. Results from a sample analysis of 60 leading medical journals in different medical specialties, published in 2011, showed that women are still a minority on editorial boards, accounting for 16% of editors-in-chief and 18% of editorial board members. A great variability (between 0 and 71%) exists among the journals and specialties analyzed. Greater participation by women on editorial boards may improve the quality and diversity of the review process as reviewer behaviour is different in some aspects between men and women.