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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
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.
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).