PS.4. How can editors contribute to sex and gender equity in research

Saturday 9 June 2018

How can editors contribute to sex and gender equity in research: Interactive session organized by EASE Gender Policy Committee.
Coordinated by:
Paola De Castro, National Institute of Health, Italy / EASE Council
Joan Marsh, The Lancet Psychiatry, UK / EASE Council and EASE Gender Policy Group
Cara Tannenbaum, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Canada.

Session Overview
The objective of this session was to generate debate regarding the role of editors in the promotion of sex and gender equity in research and science publishing. Participants were asked to speak for 5 minutes in support of the provocative statements listed below. Each topic was then opened to the floor for general debate for 15 minutes.

  • The EASE Gender Policy Group and the SAGER Guidelines
    Paola De Castro (National Institute of Health, Italy)
  • 1. There should be a standardized method for journals to ensure adherence to sex and gender reporting guidelines.
    Shirin Heidari (The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Switzerland)
  • 2. Sex and gender policy starts with the funder
    Cara Tannenbaum (Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Canada)
  • 3. SAGER guidelines are not applicable to my journal
    Kate McIntosh (The Lancet, UK)
  • 4. Editors should positively discriminate to increase the representation of women and researchers from developing countries in peer review
    Bahar Mehmani (Relx Group, The Netherlands)
  • 5. Gender policy in research is an academic matter and not the responsibility of publishers.
    Jamie Lundine (University of Ottowa, Canada)
  • Summary and closing remarks
    Joan Marsh