The European Association of Science Editors (EASE) is an international community of individuals and associations from diverse backgrounds, linguistic traditions and professional experience in science communication and editing.

Gender Policy Committee

Established in 2012, the EASE Gender Policy Committee works to advance gender- and sex-sensitive reporting and communication in science. The goal is not only better science, whether in the life, natural or social sciences, but also enhanced evidence-based practices, interventions and opportunities, for both women and men.


  • Advance sex/gender reporting and gender diversity in editorial management on a global level, and across disciplines.
  • Addressing the gender gap in scientific research and publishing is a pre-requisite for enhanced quality, diversity and transparency and will allow science (across disciplines) to remain at the forefront of innovation and discovery.


  • Greater gender diversity in science and publishing practices for enhanced quality, diversity and transparency for science to remain at the forefront of innovation.

The Committee has adopted the acronym SAGER to express its work: Sex and Gender Equity in Research.

The SAGER Guidelines

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

Rationale: 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.

The SAGER Guidelines are now  included in EQUATOR website

We are now looking for the adoption of the SAGER Guidelines by journal editors.

Sex and Gender Questions were published by the Gender Policy Committee to encourage authors of scientific articles to check whether sex and gender are properly reported in their manuscript.

Presentations and publications (2015-16)

The Group presented the results of their work at the 6th World Conference on Women’s Mental Health in March 2015. The document describing the development of Guidelines on Sex and Gender Equity in Research is available for download.

EASE GPC was represented at the HEIRRI Conference in March 2016. Paola De Castro’s presentation of the SAGER guidelines received enthusiastic comments from participants.

A commentary on SAGER guidelines was published in Annali dell’Istituto Superiore di Sanità in June 2016 focusing on  SAGER Guidelines as a framework for innovation for an equitable approach to gender medicine.

The SAGER Guidelines were presented at the 14 International  COMET Conference on Communication, Medicine and Ethics in July 2016 (presentation).


The GPC is open to collaboration and is part of international research networks in specific fields (as represented by its members) and specific networks on gender issues such as the GenPort.

Contact us

If you are interested in the work of the EASE Gender Policy Committee, adopt the SAGER guidelines or in joining it, please contact us through

Co- Chair

Paola De Castro
EASE Council
Head of the Publishing Unit
National Institute of Health  – Italy
Executive editor Annali dell’Istituto Superiore di Sanità


Thomas Babor
Editor-in-Chief, Addiction, USA

Shirin Heidari
Council/Founding Chair
Director and Editor Reproductive Health Matters 


Rachel Carol
Medical Editor, Emendo Bioscience, UK

Janine Clayton
NIH Director for Research on Women’s Health, USA

Mirjam Curno
Editorial Office Manager, Frontiers

Jhony A. De La Cruz Vargas
Deputy Editor, Revista de la Facultad de Medicina, Peru

Jibril Handulelh
For African Journals

Joan Marsh
Deputy Editor The Lancet Psychiatry, UK

Ana Marusic
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Global Health, Croatia

Ravi Murugesan
Science Editor and AuthorAID Consultant, India

Paul Osborn
CEO of Mediateurs/Doing Change, Editor of Upscale –the Safe Water Review, The Netherlands

Petter Oscarson
Technical Editor of Oikos, Managing Editor of Hereditas, Sweden

Ines Steffens
Editor-in-Chief, Eurosurveillance, Sweden

Cara Tannenbaum, MD, MSc
Scientific Director
Institute of Gender and Health
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

Sera Tort
Medical Editor, Cochrane, Spain