Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry
Research and Education| Volume 128, ISSUE 3, P430-435, September 2022

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Leadership diversity in prosthodontics: Number and percentage of women chief editors of journals publishing prosthodontic science

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      Statement of problem

      The number and percentage of women chief editors of journals publishing prosthodontic science is unknown.


      The purpose of this observational study was to calculate and compare the number and percentage of women and men chief editors of journals publishing prosthodontic science.

      Material and methods

      A list of the dental journals, as ranked by impact factor, was obtained through the Web of Science Journal Citation Reports 2020 using the category “Dentistry, Oral Surgery, and Medicine.” Of the 91 journals listed in the Journal Citation Report, 28 published scientific findings related to prosthodontics. The chief editors of these 28 journals were identified, and their gender was recorded. The percentage of women and men chief editors was compared with the percentage of women and men members of the International Association of Dental Research (IADR) and the International College of Prosthodontists (ICP) by using the binomial test (α=.05).


      Of the 28 included journals, a total of 32 chief editors were identified; of whom, 4 (12.5%) were women and 28 (87.5%) were men. There were 7886 members of the IADR who reported their gender; of whom, 3448 (43.7%) were women. There were 906 members of the ICP; of whom, 248 (27.5%) were women. Compared with the percentage of women and men members of the IADR and ICP, women chief editors were significantly underrepresented (P<.001 and P=.039, respectively).


      The number and percentage of women chief editors of journals publishing prosthodontic science is of concern.
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