This is the introduction to the 2014 Group Project. The students published a paper based on their work, which was later selected to be one of the articles in the PeerJ Picks 2015 Collection.
2014) Women are underrepresented on the editorial boards of journals in environmental biology and natural resource management. PeerJ 2:e542 https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.542(
One of the topics we will explore in this workshop is Bias. For instance, women scientists tend to publish less than male scientists (known as the “productivity puzzle”), and are also cited less. One interesting form of bias that could influence gender-related scientific productivity is the representation of women on editorial boards of scientific journals. There have been a few studies of this topic (see below), but none of which I am aware in ecology and evolutionary biology. We’re going to remedy this.
1) To learn how to navigate the process of publishing a scientific paper, we are going to collect data and prepare a note in which we evaluate how the gender diversity of editorial boards has changed over time. Todo so, we will use the following journals:
- Biotropica (1969)
- Journal of Tropical Ecology (1985)
- Ecology (1920)
- Oecologia (1968)
- Conservation Biology (1987) :
- Biological Conservation (1968)
- Journal of Ecology (1913) :
- Any others you would like to nominate for inclusion
Keiser et al. 2003. Gender composition of editorial boards of general medical journals. The Lancet.
Mauleon et al. 2013. Assessing gender balance among journal authors and editorial board members. Scientometrics.
Royal Economic Society. 1999. The Gender composition of editorial boards in economics.
Stark et al. 1997. The gender Effect on Editorial Boards and in Academia. Bulletin of the Society for American Archeology.
Metz, I.; Harzing, A.W. (2012) An update of gender diversity in editorial boards: A longitudinal study of Management journals,Personnel Review, vol. 41, no. 3, pp. 283-300
Metz, I.; Harzing, A.W. (2009) Gender diversity in editorial boards of Management journals, The Academy of Management Learning & Education, vol 8, no. 4, pp. 540-557
Wing et al 2010. DIfferences in editorial board reviewer behavior based on gender. J Women’s Health.
Addis and Villa. 2003. The Editorial Boards of Italian economics journals: Women, Gender, and Social Networking. Feminist Economics 9(1): 75-91.