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. The Committee consists of 16 experts in diverse backgrounds, linguistic traditions and professional experience, sharing enthusiasm to advance on sex and gender equity for responsible research and innovation.

Mission

  • 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.

Vision

  • 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, asager-flyer-coverfter three years of intense activity, the SAGER guidelines  were published in the Open Access BMC Research and Integrity Journal under the title Sex and Gender Equity in Research: rationale for the SAGER Guidelines and recommended use.
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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. Feel free to download and disseminate it on the web and through social media  (web version) and to reproduce it (two formats available 1   2).

Please sign here to endorse the SAGER guidelines.

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Endorsers

In addition to all those involved in scientific academic journals, we encourage endorsement by all those involved in the communication and explanation of science and scientific achievement including specialised publications, broad media and broadcasters. It is not obligatory to be a member of EASE to endorse the SAGER guidelines, although we encourage you to consider the benefits to your work of active membership, as described elsewhere on this website. If you prefer to communicate your endorsement of the guidelines in another way than this form, please write to our contact points.

Who has endorsed?

Your endorsement will be gratefully acknowledged by direct mail from the Gender Policy Committee. In the month after yours, and in all subsequent months, you will receive an updated list of all endorsements. The most recent list will be publicly available here, starting 10 October 2016.  We shall report progress in the EASE newsletter and in regular bulletins of feedback on people’s experience and plans in implementing their adoption of the SAGER guidelines in practice.

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.

We encourage journal editors to adopt  the SAGER Guidelines and include the suggested text below  in the Instructions to authors.

“We encourage our authors to follow the ‘Sex and Gender Equity in Research – SAGER – guidelines’ and to include sex and gender considerations where relevant. Authors should use the terms sex (biological attribute) and gender (shaped by social and cultural circumstances) carefully in order to avoid confusing both terms. Article titles and/or abstracts should indicate clearly what sex(es) the study applies to. Authors should also describe in the background, whether sex and/or gender differences may be expected; report how sex and/or gender were accounted for in the design of the study; provide disaggregated data by sex and/or gender, where appropriate; and discuss respective results. If a sex and/or gender analysis was not conducted, the rationale should be given in the Discussion. We suggest that our authors consult the full guidelines before submission.”
Sex and gender questions are available to encourage authors of scientific articles to check whether sex and gender are properly reported in their manuscripts

The SAGER Guidelines are included in EQUATOR website

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.

The article including the SAGER guidelines  was published in May 2016 in the Open Access BMC Research and Integrity Journal under the title Sex and Gender Equity in Research: rationale for the SAGER Guidelines and recommended use.

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 Commentary is part of a Monographic issue on Sex and Gender perspective in medicine.

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

An editorial entitled Addressing sex and gender inequities in scientific research and publishing was published in Addiction Journal in 2016

Collaboration

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.

Training

Various training materials already exist to optimise the adoption and application of reporting practices on sex and gender equity in research. Among them are the training modules on Gender and Health by the Canadian Institute of Health Research, Institute of Gender and Health (IGH), which is represented on the EASE Gender Policy Committee. They are available at   bit.ly/SGBA-SAGER

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 secretary@ease.org.uk or  paola.decastro@iss.it

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
paola.decastro@iss.it

Co-Chair

Thomas Babor
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, USA
babor@nso.uch.c.edu

Shirin Heidari
Council/Founding Chair
Director and Editor Reproductive Health Matters
sheidari@rhmjournal.org.uk
www.rhmjournal.org.uk 

Members

Rachel Carol
Medical Editor, Emendo Bioscience, UK
rachel@emendo.co.uk

Janine Clayton
NIH Director for Research on Women’s Health, USA
Janine.Clayton@nih.gov

Mirjam Curno
Editorial Office Manager, Frontiers
mirjam.curno@frontiersin.org

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

Jibril Handulelh
For African Journals
jibriil.mahamed@gmail.com

Joan Marsh
Deputy Editor The Lancet Psychiatry, UK
Joan.marsh@lancet.com

Ana Marusic
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Global Health, Croatia
ana.marusic@mefst.hr

Ravi Murugesan
Science Editor and AuthorAID Consultant, India
ravi@uwalumni.com

Paul Osborn
CEO of Mediateurs/Doing Change, Editor of Upscale –the Safe Water Review, The Netherlands
paul@osborn.nl

Petter Oscarson
Technical Editor of Oikos, Managing Editor of Hereditas, Sweden
oikostech@oikosoffice.lu.se

Ines Steffens
Editor-in-Chief, Eurosurveillance, Sweden
ines.steffens@ecdc.europa.eu

Cara Tannenbaum, MD, MSc
Scientific Director
Institute of Gender and Health
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
cara.tannenbaum@umontreal.ca

Sera Tort
Medical Editor, Cochrane, Spain
tort.sera@gmail.com