The European Association of Science Editors established a gender policy committee last year to develop a set of standards for adoption by scientific journals. As co-chairs of the committee, our first step is to invite science editors to contribute to a survey of gender-equality policies in their journals (see; survey closes on 10 April).

In this survey, we ask editors for their views on considering sex and gender in experimental design and data analysis, and on presenting data that are broken down by sex. Information is also requested on gender balance and its promotion among editorial staff, editorial boards and peer reviewers.

Our hope is that all journals will eventually follow Nature's example in promoting gender equality in science (see