Editorial Board Composition Among Pediatric Cardiology Journals: Time to Cast the Net Wider

Esme Dunne, Liesl Zuhlke, R. Krishna Kumar, Frank A. Casey, Daniel J. Penny, Colin J. McMahon

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No data currently exist on the diversity of editorial board members (EBMs) of pediatric cardiology journals.

The objective was to investigate the editorial boards of 5 pediatric cardiology journals to assess the composition of these boards in terms of the geographical, gender, and economic representation of their members.

Information on EBMs was collected directly from 5 journal websites accessed in February 2022. The following data were collected: country of practice (including World Bank geographical and income classification), institution of practice, role on editorial board, and whether an individual held a role on 1 or more of the boards included.

A total of 455 EBMs were identified. A total of 369 (81%) were male. All editors-in-chief were male, and 4 were from the United States. EBMs practicing in North America accounted for 278 individuals (61%) of the editorial boards reviewed. The next majority of EBMs are practicing within Europe and Central Asia (23%, n = 103), East Asia and Pacific (7%, n = 31), Middle East and North Africa (4%, n = 18), and Latin America and Caribbean (4%, n = 16). Less than 2% (n = 9) practice in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Over 90% (n = 415) practice in high-income countries. There was no representation from low-income countries.

Women and pediatric cardiologists practicing in countries outside of Europe and North America were underrepresented on the editorial boards of the journals studied. Diversifying composition of editorial boards may provide greater representation of underserved areas and encourage broader avenues of investigation and research.
Original languageEnglish
Article number100137
Number of pages8
JournalJACC: Advances
Issue number5
Early online date16 Nov 2022
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 30 Dec 2022


  • ongenital heart disease
  • editorial board,
  • gender
  • geographical representation
  • pediatric cardiology


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