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

Towards common standards

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 is to review and propose applicable standards and practice.

In addition, the EASE Gender Policy Committee has begun to address gender imbalances within the scientific publishing community as it is evident that gender inequality still exists, for example, in editorial boards and in the pool of peer reviewers.

Mission

  • Advocate better reporting of gender and sex differences and/or similarities in scientific research.
  • Promote gender mainstreaming (and better science) through inclusion of sex and gender considerations in policies and standards for scientific publishing.
  • Encourage gender balance among reviewers, on editorial boards, and in editorial offices.

Contact us

If you are interested in the work of the EASE Gender Policy Committee or in joining it, please contact us through secretary@ease.org.uk

Chair

Shirin Heidari
Director and Editor Reproductive Health Matters
sheidari@rhmjournal.org.uk
www.rhmjournal.org.uk 

Co-Chair

Thomas Babor
Editor-in-Chief, Addiction, USA
babor@nso.uch.c.edu

Administrative Support

Carina Sorensen
Organisational and Information Officer, ICRC
carinasorensen.ch@gmail.com

Members

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

Paola De Castro
Editorial Member, Annali dell’Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Italy
paola.decastro@iss.it   

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

Joy Johnson
Scientific Director, Institute of Gender and Health, University of British Columbia, Canada
joy.johnson@ubc.ca

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
hereditas@oikosoffice.lu.se

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

Chris Sterken
Editor-in-Chief, The Journal of Astronomical Data, Belgium
csterken@vub.ac.be

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