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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 SAGER Guidelines can be downloaded as a flyer to disseminate on the web and through social media
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Print version 1  
Print version 2

The original SAGER Guidelines 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.


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National Research Institute for Family Planning, Beijing, China

Produced May 2019, by Professor Cheol-Heui Yun
Department of Agricultural Biotechnology,
Seoul National University, Seoul 08826, Korea

Produced April 2017, by Leila Posenato Garcia, Taís Freire Galvão, and David Harrad.
Heidari S, Babor TF, De Castro P, Tort S, Curno M (2017). Equidade de sexo e gênero na pesquisa: fundamentação das diretrizes SAGER e uso recomendado. Epidemiologia e Serviços de Saúde, Epub April 20, 2017. doi:10.5123/s1679-49742017000300025

Produced May 2018, by María Teresa Ruiz-Cantero, María del Mar García Calvente, and María del Carmen Ruiz Alcocer.
Heidari S, Babor T, De Castro P, Tort S, Curno M (2018). Equidad según sexo y de género en la investigación: justificación de las guías SAGER y recomendaciones para su uso. Gaceta Sanitaria.

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DOI: 10.26468/trakyasobed.689290

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Centre for Interdisciplinary Social Research,
Phenikaa University, Hanoi, Vietnam

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