CE Hours: 1.5

Seq# 62 - Gender Bias in Scholarly Activities: An Evidence-based Approach

This session will be recorded and available through IADR CE On Demand after the meeting for Continuing Education Credit.  

Since the Women in Science and Technology Equal Opportunity Act in the US and the Women and Science: Mobilizing women to enrich European research in the EU, there have been efforts to feed the science pipeline with programs designed to increase women participation in the STEM fields. Consequently, women today hold more than 50% of PhDs in life and social sciences. However, a wealth of evidence has supported explicit and implicit bias affecting their career advancement and resulting in low representation in senior ranks. Scholarly activities such as authorship, editorial board membership, peer-review participation, funding, scientific recognition and awards as well as invitation to conferences are critical in the promotion and tenure process. Although there is an observed homophily (editors operate with same-gender preference when appointing reviewers), the scientific community has still not established practices and policies to warranty gender parity in scholarly activities.
Therefore, this symposium aims to examine the ecosystem in oral health research including scientific publishing and grant funding. To achieve this goal, the symposium will: 1) present international data on scholarly productivity stratified by gender, and 2) involve editors-in-chief of major oral health journals, discussing explicit and implicit bias in the editorial and peer-review process. More specifically, the symposium will discuss gender disparities in scholarly productivity and identify barriers for women in the scholarly process.

The discussion panel will include the Editors or Associate Editors of: JDR, JDR CTR, Dental Materials, JCP, Clin Oral Impl Res.

Learning Objectives:

  • To assess the evidence on gender bias in scientific publications
  • To discuss gender disparities in scholarly productivity and identify barriers for women in the schlarly process
  • To review and evaluate policies and practices in the editorial and peer-review process
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