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Women in Neuroscience

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The Frontiers Neuroscience Portfolio is proud to launch the Research Topic Women in Neuroscience to celebrate UNICEFs International Women and Girls in Science Day.

The proportion of women and men in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) at undergraduate levels is relatively equal, however, there is a lack of representation of women in senior positions in Neuroscience. According to the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) data in 2016, less than 30% of researchers in STEM are women.

In the field of Neuroscience, there are many highly influential and successful women who are contributing to the field and tackling important questions. Yet, female neuroscientists are still underrepresented in various aspects of academic life and a gender imbalance in Neuroscience citations has been recently reported, raising concerns about the correct evaluation of women’s contributions to science. Several initiatives have been recently created to increase the visibility of women in science (e.g., awards for women in STEM). However, evidence indicates that a gender bias is still present in Neuroscience.

This Research Topic would like to highlight female contributions to Neuroscience and will therefore welcome:
• General perspectives on a specific field of research inspired, started or sparked by a woman
• Articles celebrating outstanding female researchers and their contributions to Neuroscience
• Neuroscience studies led by women

We strongly encourage the submission of manuscripts where the lead and/or corresponding author is female, and we recommend early career researchers to team up with senior female colleagues. However, we will welcome the submission of any article within the scope above irrespective of gender.


Keywords: Women, Neuroscience, STEM


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

The Frontiers Neuroscience Portfolio is proud to launch the Research Topic Women in Neuroscience to celebrate UNICEFs International Women and Girls in Science Day.

The proportion of women and men in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) at undergraduate levels is relatively equal, however, there is a lack of representation of women in senior positions in Neuroscience. According to the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) data in 2016, less than 30% of researchers in STEM are women.

In the field of Neuroscience, there are many highly influential and successful women who are contributing to the field and tackling important questions. Yet, female neuroscientists are still underrepresented in various aspects of academic life and a gender imbalance in Neuroscience citations has been recently reported, raising concerns about the correct evaluation of women’s contributions to science. Several initiatives have been recently created to increase the visibility of women in science (e.g., awards for women in STEM). However, evidence indicates that a gender bias is still present in Neuroscience.

This Research Topic would like to highlight female contributions to Neuroscience and will therefore welcome:
• General perspectives on a specific field of research inspired, started or sparked by a woman
• Articles celebrating outstanding female researchers and their contributions to Neuroscience
• Neuroscience studies led by women

We strongly encourage the submission of manuscripts where the lead and/or corresponding author is female, and we recommend early career researchers to team up with senior female colleagues. However, we will welcome the submission of any article within the scope above irrespective of gender.


Keywords: Women, Neuroscience, STEM


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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09 August 2021 Manuscript

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