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Rationale for SAGER Guidelines

Most scientific publications still fail to report on potential sex and gender differences and similarities in studies that include both sexes. Journal editors have an important role as gatekeepers of science and can encourage disaggregation of data by sex as a matter of routine and inclusion of gender analysis, when appropriate. A key task of the Committee was to review and propose applicable standards and practice.

What do they represent?

The SAGER Guidelines are a comprehensive procedure for reporting of sex and gender information in study design, data analysis, results and interpretations of findings. They are primarily designed to guide authors in preparing their manuscripts but they are also useful for editors to integrate assessment of sex and gender into all manuscripts as an integral part of the editorial process.


In 2016, after three years of intense activity, the SAGER guidelines  were published in the Open Access BMC Research Integrity and Peer Review Journal under the title Sex and Gender Equity in Research: rationale for the SAGER Guidelines and recommended use.

Soon after the publication of the Guidelines as an article, the GPC produced a flyer as a quick reference tool to present the SAGER guidelines. The flyer includes  Background, General principles, and Recommendations.


The original article can be downloaded from the journal Research Integrity and Peer Review.
Heidari S et al. Sex and Gender Equity in Research: rationale for the SAGER guidelines and recommended use. Res Integr Peer Rev. 2016;1:2.

Please note that EASE accepts no responsibility for the accuracy of these translations.

Download the Korean translation of the Guidelines.
Produced May 2019, by Professor Cheol-Heui Yun
Department of Agricultural Biotechnology,
Seoul National University,
Seoul 08826,

Download the Chinese translation of the Guidelines.
Mengchun Jia and Hongzhi Luo, 
National Research Institute for Family Planning,

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