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Research Letter
June 11, 2021

Gender, Race, Ethnicity, and Sexual Orientation of Editors at Leading Medical and Scientific Journals: A Cross-sectional Survey

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, California
  • 2Editorial Fellow, JAMA Internal Medicine, San Francisco, California
  • 3Division of Cardiology, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, California
  • 4Editor, JAMA Internal Medicine, San Francisco, California
JAMA Intern Med. 2021;181(9):1248-1251. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2021.2363

Editors of medical and scientific journals select and develop the research and opinion articles that are published, with important implications for research, patient care, and policy. Despite widespread stated commitments to promote diversity among editorial staff, there is little information about the composition of editorial teams. We developed and administered a survey to assess the diversity of editors at leading medical and scientific journals.

The survey, based on prior studies1 and input from content experts, had questions about demographics and professional characteristics (eAppendix in the Supplement).

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    Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and Editors and Leading Medical Journals
    Rahul Jindal, MD, PhD, MBA | Uniformed Services University
    The authors are to be congratulated for this important study on diversity, equity, and inclusion of the editors of the top 25 medical journals. I suggest including the race, ethnicity, country of origin, and gender data for each editor, deputy editor, and key editorial board members of the top 50 journals – perhaps for a trial period of 1 year. Self-identification of key identifying characteristics may improve the racial and ethnic diversity of editorial leadership and allow transparency. Self-identification could be voluntary. 

    Furthermore, self-identification may bring out important subcategories (e.g., specific Asian ethnicities), as pointed out by the authors. />