News archive

Why don’t more women win science Nobels?

16 October 2019

Mary K. Feeney

Barriers still hold women back from advancing in the same numbers as men to the upper reaches of STEM academia.

Q&A Wendy Belcher: How to write a journal article in 12 weeks

11 July 2019

Bec Crew

What they don’t teach at your institution. 

Discrimination drives LGBT+ scientists to think about quitting

11 July 2019

Elizabeth Gibney

Despite progress, many physical scientists from sexual and gender minorities experience exclusion or harassment at work, finds UK survey.

Gender is not the biggest barrier to career success

14 June 2019

Gemma Conroy

Study paints bleak picture of disadvantage attached to ethnicity and socioeconomic status.

Unconscious bias limits women's careers

15 April 2019

Smriti Mallapaty

The vast gender gap in Japanese science has leading women researchers calling for change.

My CV is gender biased. Here’s what I plan to do about it

13 March 2019

Arian Wallach

A confession: I can count on a single hand the number of women I have invited to collaborate with me on publications and grants.

Data brief: Female first-authors attract more readers

2 January 2019

Gemma Conroy

The work of female researchers has a broader impact than citation analysis suggests, but not in India.

The Nobel gender gap is worse than you think

8 October 2018

Smriti Mallapaty

The Nature Index looks at the share of science medals and prizes that have gone to women.

The cost of staying put

18 September 2018

Smriti Mallapaty

In academia’s great migration, some researchers are at a disadvantage.

Gender inequalities in science won’t self-correct: it’s time for action

5 September 2018

Sarah Hamylton et al.

"For twenty years people had been telling me how lucky I was to be in our field of research because 'things' were changing for young women. Twenty years later 'things' had not changed.

Lost in Japan, a generation of brilliant women

24 August 2018

Catherine Armitage

Outcry greeted the news that a Tokyo medical school was rigging entrance exam results to favour men, but prominent female scientists say the problem goes further.  

Furiously surfing the wave to scientific success

23 August 2018

Merlin Crossley

From the top of the wave the view is sweet, but it's all too easy to fall off.

Science career ads are disproportionately seen by men

1 August 2018

Dina Fine Maron

Marketing algorithms prevent many women from seeing the advertising, even though it’s illegal to target jobs to one gender.

Q&A Mary Frank Fox: Time to ditch the leaky pipeline model

25 May 2018

Smriti Mallapaty

Policies should account for the institutional factors that discriminate against women.

Women paid 20% less in top UK research institutions

29 March 2018

Smriti Mallapaty

Gender pay gap reports reveal extent of male favoritism in the UK.

Women left out of impact assessments

27 March 2018

Julie Davies and Emily Yarrow

Consideration should be given to the research impact agenda’s effects on female academics, say Julie Davies and Emily Yarrow.

Japan's woman problem

8 March 2018

Noriko Osumi

Less than 15% of researchers in Japan are female. Urgent culture change is needed, argues Noriko Osumi.

Women edged out of last-named authorships in top journals

22 January 2018

Jon Brock

A Prestige Index exposes the gender bias in author lists published in top science journals.

The invisible leg-up for males in science

12 January 2018

Merlin Crossley

COMMENT: A professor reflects on his privilege.

Girls will be girls? Gender stereotyping among six-year olds sparks debate

5 January 2018

Gemma Conroy

A study revealing that girls are more likely to link brilliance with boys than with their own gender made headlines on the web.

Female researchers add their superiors as authors

15 December 2017

Dalmeet Singh Chawla

Survey finds that women are more prone to recognizing honorary co-authors in papers, but less likely to pad citation lists.

Study highlights gender imbalance in peer review

23 October 2017

Jon Brock

Women peer review fewer papers than men but are more likely to reject the papers they review, a new study shows.

New tool tracks gender imbalance in medicine

6 October 2017

Gemma Conroy

Gender proportions in medical schools are almost equal, but disparities persist further up the ranks, a new tracking tool reveals. 

Female researchers cite their own work less than men, study

14 February 2017

Flynn Murphy

Female researchers in engineering receive fewer citations, despite producing high-quality research.

Prominent female scientists struggle to retain their edge

11 January 2017

Anthea Lacchia

Tracking the careers of leading scientists reveals maintaining an edge is harder for women in Italy.

Comment: A call to action for gender equality

22 November 2016

Tim Wess

It's time for the academic community to put action to words and stand up for greater gender equality. 

New award highlights gender imbalance among peer reviewers

7 November 2016

Ivy Shih

A new online award that recognises the contributions of highly-productive peer reviewers also highlights biases in the system that underscores scholarly publishing.