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The Gender Gap in Land Sciences: A Review of Women’s Presence on the Editorial Boards of Peer-Reviewed Journals

Somayeh Mohammadi Hamidi, Mohammad Rezaei-Pandari, Sima Fakheran and Christine Fürst ()
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Somayeh Mohammadi Hamidi: Department of Sustainable Landscape Development, Institute for Geosciences and Geography, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, 06120 Halle (Saale), Germany
Mohammad Rezaei-Pandari: Laser and Plasma Research Institute, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran 19839-69411, Iran
Sima Fakheran: Department of Natural Resources, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan 84156-83111, Iran
Christine Fürst: Department of Sustainable Landscape Development, Institute for Geosciences and Geography, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, 06120 Halle (Saale), Germany

Land, 2022, vol. 11, issue 11, 1-15

Abstract: Women are disadvantaged across all stages of academic publishing. In science, contribution to editorial boards of journals is evidence of a high reputation within a specialty or field. Therefore, the low presence of women on editorial boards can be considered a disadvantage indicator for women in academia. This study aims to highlight the gap in women’s contributions in land science journals. We assessed the gender composition of editorial boards in 60 peer-reviewed journals using systematic reviews and meta-analyses, and we obtained data on current and past editorial boards of these journals. The result shows that the current number of editorial board members is 5197 of which only 25.47 percent are women. Gender inequality is very evident in this group of journals to the extent that journals with a high impact factor indicate inequality that is even more than 75 percent. The results of the time series analysis have also shown that the presence of women on editorial boards has increased over the last decade, although this increase has been more in the Nordic countries. The geographical distribution of editorial board members is also quite unequal in the North and South, 83 percent of female editorial board members are from northern countries, while only 12 percent are from the global South. According to the results, there is still a long way to go to achieve gender equality, especially in the field of land science. Our results also support previous findings of a considerable gender difference in urban land science, geoscience community, biodiversity conservation, and veterinary sciences. Thus, the academic community, editors, and journals must take proactive measures to achieve gender balance.

Keywords: land sciences; women; peer-review journal; gender inequality; editorial board (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q15 Q2 Q24 Q28 Q5 R14 R52 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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