The Researcher Journey Through a Gender Lens

Elsevier, March 2020
Maria de Kleijn, Bamini Jayabalasingham, Holly J. Falk-Krzesinski, Tom Collins, Liliane Kuiper-Hoyng, Isabella Cingolani, Jin Zhang, Guillaume Roberge, Gemma Deakin, Abigail Goodall, Kjersten Bunker Whittington and Stephane Berghmans.

Elsevier’s latest gender report, The Researcher Journey Through a Gender Lens, examines research participation, career progression and perceptions across the European Union and 15 countries in 26 subject areas. The report draws on Elsevier’s data sources and analytics expertise. It was further informed by experts from around the world. Our goal is to better understand the role gender plays in the global research enterprise and inspire evidence-based policy driven by powerful data.

Some of the important findings in the report include:

  • Men are more highly represented among authors with a long publication history while women are highly represented among authors with a short publication history.
  • Among first authors, the average citation impact of men is higher than that of women, suggesting gender bias in citation practice.
  • Researcher attitudes towards gender diversity and equity vary widely among men and women. Most of the differences in viewpoints are related to the importance an individual places on gender balance and to the perception of fairness in the academic system.

This is Elsevier's third report on gender in research.