The academic publishing system is gendered. As such, journals and editors are part of what has been called a vicious circle for women (figure). We recognise the centrality and role of journals in the transmission of scientific knowledge and validation of academic achievement. We also recognise the evidence that shows women to be vastly under-represented in author, reviewer, and editorial positions across scientific and medical journals. These inequities are at odds with our values and track record of advocacy as a journal.
The Lancet, Volume 393, Issue 10171, 9–15 February 2019, Pages 508-510.,