From presentation to paper: gender disparities in oncological research
van Oijen, MGH
van Laarhoven, HWM
AffiliationAmsterdam UMC, University of Amsterdam, Department of Medical Oncology, Cancer Center Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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AbstractGender disparities in scientific publications have been identified in oncological research. Oral research presentations at major conferences enhance visibility of presenters. The share of women presenting at such podia is unknown. We aim to identify gender-based differences in contributions to presentations at two major oncological conferences. Abstracts presented at plenary sessions of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meetings and European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) Congresses were collected. Trend analyses were used to analyze female contribution over time. The association between presenter's sex, study outcome (positive/negative) and journals' impact factors of subsequently published papers was assessed using Chi-square and Mann-Whitney U tests. Of 166 consecutive abstracts presented at ASCO in 2011-2018 (n =?34), and ESMO in 2008-2018 (n =?132), 21% had female presenters, all originating from Northern America (n =?17) or Europe (n =?18). The distribution of presenter's sex was similar over time (P =?0.70). Of 2,425 contributing authors to these presented abstracts, 28% were women. The proportion of female abstract authors increased over time (P <?0.05), and was higher in abstracts with female (34%) compared to male presenters (26%; P <?0.01). Presenter's sex was not associated with study outcome (P =?0.82). Median journals' impact factors were lower in papers with a female first author (P <?0.05). In conclusion, there is a clear gender disparity in research presentations at two major oncological conferences, with 28% of authors and 21% of presenters of these studies being female. Lack of visibility of female presenters could impair acknowledgement for their research, opportunities in their academic career, and even hamper heterogeneity in research.
CitationDijksterhuis WPM, Stroes CI, Tan WL, Ithimakin S, Calles A, van Oijen MGH, et al. From presentation to paper: gender disparities in oncological research.Int J Cancer. 2019 Aug 31.
JournalInternational Journal of Cancer
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