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.
- 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
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.
Feel free to download the article and share.
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).
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, updated on November 4, 2016, is publicly available here (the previous one is here. ) 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.
We encourage journal editors to adopt the SAGER Guidelines and include the suggested text below in the Instructions to authors.
The SAGER Guidelines are included in EQUATOR website and are listed in the Research Reporting Guidelines of the US National Library of Medicine.
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.
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.
An editorial entitled Addressing sex and gender inequities in scientific research and publishing was published in Addiction Journal in 2016.
Kerstin Stenius published an editorial on SAGER in Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs (October 2016)
Cara Tannenbaum et al published the article Why sex and gender matter in implementation research in BMC Medical research methodology. The artile mentions the SAGER Guidelines (October 2016)
Janine Clayton and Cara Tannenbaum published a view point in JAMA Reporting Sex and Gender in clinical research, citing the SAGER Guidelines (October 2016)
Thanks to Joan Marsh, the SAGER Guidelines are mentioned in the Lancet Psychiatry editorial (November 2016).
A presentation on SAGER guidelines was given at the Conference “A gender approach to neurosciences”, held at the National Institute of Health in Italy on November 8, 2016.
An interactive webinar on SAGER Guidelines was organized on November 14, 2016 by Cara Tannenbaum at the Canadian Institute of Gender and Health. Click this link to be directed to a site where you can view, share and download it.
An abstract on SAGER guidelines was accepted for presentation at the 5th Conference on Research Integrity to be held on May 28-31, 2017 in Amsterdam (The Netherlands).
An editorial of SAGER guidelines in Spanish was published by Manuel Huamán-Guerrero and GPC Peruvian member Jhony Alberto De LA Cruz Vargas on the Revista de la Facultad de Medicina Humana de la Univesidad Ricardo Palma.
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.
Paola De Castro
Head of the Publishing Unit
National Institute of Health – Italy
Executive editor Annali dell’Istituto Superiore di Sanità
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, USA
Medical Editor, Emendo Bioscience, UK
NIH Director for Research on Women’s Health, USA
Editorial Office Manager, Frontiers
Jhony A. De La Cruz Vargas
Deputy Editor, Revista de la Facultad de Medicina, Peru
For African Journals
Deputy Editor The Lancet Psychiatry, UK
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Global Health, Croatia
Science Editor and AuthorAID Consultant, India
CEO of Mediateurs/Doing Change, Editor of Upscale –the Safe Water Review, The Netherlands
Technical Editor of Oikos, Managing Editor of Hereditas, Sweden
Editor-in-Chief, Eurosurveillance, Sweden
Cara Tannenbaum, MD, MSc
Institute of Gender and Health
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
Medical Editor, Cochrane, Spain