Representation of women in sport sciences research, publications, and editorial leadership positions: are we moving forward?

Elsevier, Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, Volume 24, November 2021
Martinez-Rosales E., Hernandez-Martinez A., Sola-Rodriguez S., Esteban-Cornejo I., Soriano-Maldonado A.
Objectives: We determined the representation of women in sport sciences research leadership by assessing the proportion of women in (i) leading authorship positions of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) published from January 2000 to September 2020 in sport sciences journals and (ii) editorial boards of these journals as of September 2020. Design: Review. Methods: We searched PubMed for RCTs published from January 1, 2000, to September 1, 2020, in a representative sample of the top sport sciences journals and identified the sex of first and senior authors through photographs, sex pronouns, Google Scholar, ResearchGate, institutional, or other profiles. This strategy was also used to identify the sex of the editorial board members from the selected journals. Results: A total of 4841 articles published in 14 journals, and 1418 editors, were analyzed. The average proportions of female first and senior authorship were 24.8% and 16.8%, respectively. The percentage of female first authorship increased by ~0.5% annually (β = 0.702; B = 0.46, 95% CI = 0.24 to 0.68, p