News archive

Promoting the value of unofficial academic mentorship

19 October 2021

Kendall Powell

Many hours are absorbed by ‘shadow advising’ students and postdocs, but the role is disproportionately shouldered by minority groups, and not properly recognized.

Three leading women in science share the highlight of their careers

17 May 2021

Shipra Jain

How they forged a new path to success.

Peer-reviewers twice as likely to accept research conducted on men than the same research on women

11 May 2021

Dalmeet Singh Chawla

How biases may play out against female experimental participants.

How altmetrics could help level the playing field for women in STEM

25 March 2021

Bjarne Bartlett et al.

Traditional measures of success favour male researchers. Altmetrics could offer an alternative to help democratize academic evaluation.

Rethinking research assessment: 7 sources of bias to watch out for at your institution

16 March 2021

Gemma Conroy

Recognizing the signs of systemic bias is key to ensuring that hiring, promotion and tenure decisions are fair for everyone.

Equity concerns persist over open-access publishing

9 March 2021

Benjamin Plackett

Senior male researchers at prestigious institutions are the most likely to pay to publish open access, study suggests.

Inclusion in the time of COVID: 14 ways to seize the moment for change

9 February 2021

Carla Cebula et. al*

Flux in the system is a chance to create new and better opportunities in academic STEMM careers for marginalized groups.

Following NASA's lead, researchers are targeting gender bias in instrument time

2 February 2021

Clare Watson

The switch to double-blind peer reviews could help to ensure that female and early-career researchers get a fair shot at using in-demand equipment.

How do you create a diversity program for science that works?

20 October 2020

Andy Tay

Some tested strategies to engage and retain talented under-represented scientists.


Nobel Prizes have a diversity problem even worse than the scientific fields they honor

8 October 2020

Marc Zimmer

This is a problem much larger than simply bias on the part of the Nobel selection committees – it’s systemic.

Women have disrupted research on bird song, and show how diversity can improve all fields of science

16 September 2020

Kevin Omland, Evangeline Rose & Karan Odom

For decades, scientists believed that only male birds sang. Then women entered the field and showed what their predecessors had missed.

Women and minority researchers have more original ideas, but white men are rewarded faster

16 July 2020

Bec Crew

How many trailblazers have been sidelined?

Coronavirus cutbacks could reverse hard-fought equity gains in STEM workforce

25 May 2020

Bec Crew

Women’s jobs are “the first to go" in pandemic-related cuts.

The decline of women's research production during the coronavirus pandemic

19 May 2020

Philippe Vincent-Lamarre et al.

Preprints analysis suggests a disproportionate impact on early career researchers.

Women rival men in scientific research publications and citations

17 March 2020

Jon Brock

But short careers set them back.

Just say "no" to manels

7 February 2020

Jeffrey Perkel

There’s an app for that. 

Why sexual harassment needs tougher punishment

3 December 2019

Gemma Conroy

Grant and funding withdrawals should be considered, say researchers.

Female researchers in Australia less likely to win major medical grants than males

30 October 2019

Bianca Nogrady

The results come despite a gender equity push at the National Health and Medical Research Council.

 

Unmasking the hidden networks behind academic success

25 October 2019

Margath Walker

They work well for some.


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.