Editor’s Note: This guest post, in honor of International Women’s Day on March 8, is by Bamini Jayabalasingham, PhD, Senior Product Manager, Analytical Services; Ylann Schemm, MA, Director, Elsevier Foundation and Co-chair, Gender Working Group; and Holly J. Falk-Krzesinski, PhD, Vice President, Research Intelligence, Global Strategic Networks and Co-chair, Gender Working Group — all work for Elsevier.
A thoughful article about a troubling matter, but we still think that the real issue is equity of opportunity/access not simply measuring whether there is parity or not. People make choices that may create unequal outcomes but are valid and rational choices. We need to understand whether there are real discriminatory practices and then tackle these head-on.
Those are a few of the takeaways of the new report by Elsevier, The Researcher Journey Through a Gender Lens. Building on the insights from our two previous reports on gender in research (you can read about the 2017 report Gender in the Global Research Landscape here), this new report is an examination of research participation, career progression, and perceptions across the globe.
The report is part of Elsevier’s commitment to inclusion and diversity and to advancing gender equity in research. Using an evidence-based approach that tapped into our robust data and analytics expertise, we developed this latest report to understand how gender impacts the researcher journey.