Female representation on emergency medicine editorial teams

Miró, Òscar, Burillo-Putze, Guillermo, Plunkett, Patrick K. and Brown, Anthony F. T. (2010) Female representation on emergency medicine editorial teams. European Journal of Emergency Medicine, 17 2: 84-88. doi:10.1097/MEJ.0b013e32832e98f7

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Author Miró, Òscar
Burillo-Putze, Guillermo
Plunkett, Patrick K.
Brown, Anthony F. T.
Title Female representation on emergency medicine editorial teams
Journal name European Journal of Emergency Medicine   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0969-9546
Publication date 2010-04-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1097/MEJ.0b013e32832e98f7
Volume 17
Issue 2
Start page 84
End page 88
Total pages 5
Editor Colin A. Graham
Place of publication London, U.K.
Publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Language eng
Subject C1
970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
110305 Emergency Medicine
Formatted abstract
Objective: To analyse the presence of women on the editorial teams of emergency medicine journals and the potential relationship between the pre-eminence of the journal and their presence.

Materials and methods: In this cross-sectional study, we examined 10 journals cited under the heading of ‘Emergency Medicine’ by Thomson Scientific in the Journal Citation Reports and 14 additional emergency journals not cited but which publish investigations in emergency medicine. We evaluated the editorial board posted on their websites, determining the number of men and women occupying executive tasks, as well as the sex of the editor-in-chief of each journal.

Results: We identified 372 people working on the editorial teams (mean: 15.5, SD: 13.5), 49 being women (13.2%). Of these 372 people, 28 were editors-in-chief but only one was female (3.6%). We found no statistical differences between indexed and nonindexed emergency journals regarding female representation on the editorial team or in the position of editor-in-chief. Neither did we find any relationship between female presence and the pre-eminence of the indexed journals using impact factor as a surrogate marker.

Conclusion: Very few women are found either on editorial teams or in editor-in-chief positions in the emergency medicine journals, irrespective of the pre-eminence of the journal. It should be investigated whether a negative journal bias underlies these findings.
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Keyword Editorial
Emergency medicine
Scientific journal
Sex bias
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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