Guardian article: Most biomedical studies fail to report if results differ by sex

8 February, 2019

Dear Neil,

I thought that some members may be interested in the following article:

This refers to a Lancet paper:

Factors affecting sex-related reporting in medical research: a cross-disciplinary bibliometric analysis by Sugimoto et al

Quoting their interpretation:

"Gender disparities in the scientific workforce and scarcity of policies on sex-related reporting at the journal and institutional level could inhibit effective research translation from bench to clinical studies. Diversification in the scientific workforce and in the research populations — from cell lines, to rodents, to humans — is essential to produce the most rigorous and effective medical research."


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