The European Commission publishes She Figures 2015 and She Figures Handbook 2015

Published on March 23 2016

Are women and men equally represented at the doctoral level, as researchers, or as academic decision-makers? Do women earn the same amount of money as men, or secure comparable research funds? And are women as equally likely to hold the corresponding author role in scientific publications as men?

To address such questions and many more, the European Commission has just released the She Figures 2015 publication, accompanied by the She Figures Handbook 2015. Science-Metrix is exceptionally proud to have contributed to these publications as lead contractor for the calculation of indicators, the development of new indicators, and the drafting of the publication and handbook.

To quote the Commission,

The She Figures 2015 is the “go-to” document for anyone interested in gaining a more comprehensive understanding of the current state of gender equality in research and innovation in the European Union. In addition to comparable statistics on women and men amongst PhD graduates, researchers and decision-makers, it sheds light on differences in working conditions. It also presents for the first time the situation of men and women in scientific publications and patent applications, as well as the inclusion of the gender dimension in scientific articles.

The She Figures 2015 was produced in close collaboration between the European Commission’s Directorate General for Research and Innovation, the Helsinki Group on Gender in Research and Innovation and their Statistical Correspondents, as well as representatives from Eurostat, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE). Science-Metrix acted as lead contractor for the project, in collaboration with ICF International, KU Leuven, Beyond 20/20, tKorps bvba and Imprimerie Centrale.

Science-Metrix developed a number of new indicators on the measurement of research and innovation outputs for the current iteration of the She Figures, including the women to men ratio of scientific authorships and inventorships, as well as a measurement of the gender dimension in research content (i.e., scientific articles that take into account as relevant the biological characteristics and the social and cultural features of women and men).

Read the She Figures 2015.

For greater insight into the methodology used to prepare the She Figures publication, read the She Figures Handbook 2015 and the She Figures 2015 comprehensive methodology: New research & innovation output indicators.