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.

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

Saturday 9th June: 15.30 – 17.30
Parallel session 4

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, and Cara Tannenbaum, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Canada.

Session Overview
The objective of this session is to generate debate regarding the role of editors in the promotion of sex and gender equity in research and science publishing. Participants have been asked to speak for 5 minutes in support of the provocative statements listed below. Each topic will then be open 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 (Karolinska Institutet, 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
    Joan Marsh (The Lancet, UK)
  • 4. Editors should positively discriminate to increase the representation of women and researchers from developing countries in peer review
    Jibril Handuleh (Amoud University, Somaliland).
  • 5. Gender policy in research is an academic matter and not the responsibility of publishers.
  • Summary and closing remarks
    Joan Marsh