Novel geographic thematic study of the largest radiology societies globally: How is gender structure biased within editorial boards?

Waleed Abdellatif, Michael Shao, Sabeena Jalal, Jeffrey Ding, Arvind Vijayasarathi, Pina C. Sanelli, Mauricio Castillo, Alexander Norbash, Siobhan B. O’Neill, Savvas Nicolaou, Faisal Khosa

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OBJECTIVE. Radiology has traditionally been a male-dominated medical specialty, and this is also reflected in the authorship of radiology publications and the composition of radiology journal editorial boards. The purpose of this study was to quantify the extent of the gender disparities reflected within the journal editorial boards of the largest international radiologic societies. MATERIALS AND METHODS. Methods were crafted to generate a geographically based gender analysis of the editorial boards of the largest general radiologic societies globally. All editorial board members of journals that were published by societies included in the study and that had an impact factor of 1 or greater were assessed to determine the gender composition of the board and the research productivity and career advancement of its members. Analyzed metrics included gender, academic rank, departmental leadership positions, subspecialty, total number of peer-reviewed publications, total number of citations, the h-index, and total number of years of active research. RESULTS. Significant gender disparity was noted across the six journal editorial boards included. Overall, 80.87% of editorial board members were men and 19.13% were women. Men were more prevalent than women across all academic ranks. Male editorial board members had longer publishing careers (22.5 vs 18 years; p = 0.015), a higher total number of publications (110 vs 65 publications; p < 0.001), and a higher h-index (25 vs 19; p < 0.001) than their female counterparts. Female editorial board members at higher academic ranks were less represented on editorial boards and were also less likely to have formal departmental leadership titles. CONCLUSION. Editorial boards have significant gender disparities, with no specific geographic regional variation noted. Male editorial board members published more, had higher h-indexes, and held more departmental leadership positions than their female counterparts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2-7
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Roentgenology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Editorial boards
  • Gender disparity
  • Gender map
  • H-index
  • Radiologic societies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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