Frequently Asked Questions



The GenderMed Database is a systematic collection of scientific publications from the biomedical field analysing sex and gender differences. Publications related to sex and gender differences as well as publications focusing on sociocultural gender differences are included. You have the choice to search for specific publications or list multiple abstracts to one specific topic (see also "How to search the database").


The pilot project "Gender Research in Medicine" was funded by the German Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) from 2008 to 2010.

Lately (2017 to 2019) the database got automated and the gender search terms (4.1) were further optimized. The concept to create a database structured by categories and diseases was dropped to allow for a thematically open concept.
Now the content-based part of the search form was redesigned to a free text search with different filter options. A completely new feature is a threshold filter based on the impact factor of the journal.

That way we ensure that current gender medical literature can be safely found using various search strategies.

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All data of GenderMedDB is saved in a relational MySQL database. The website is built using PHP. Web access is enabled via a Apache HTTP Server. We are trying to offer best possible access for all browsers. However we recommend to use a recent version of Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome.

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Anyone with a specific interest in sex and gender as research research topics in medicine can use GenderMedDB. The wider research community community, as well as students, clinicians and pubic health specialists, nurses, pharmacologists are all welcome to join.


Neither your data nor your search results will be saved on our server.


Just go to the search page by clicking the "search" button in the menu. You have the choice between simple and advanced search options. Searching is quite intuitive.
Use the labeled fields and type your search terms and infos, then hit search.
For a successfull free text search consider taking a look at the provided "How to search the database" section.


We do our best to capture all relevant literature. An automated process ensures weekly updates of the database. All gender-sensitive publications are filtered from PubMED and are stored in GenderMedDB.
The search algorithm developed for you was tested by experts and validated against similar search strategies known from literature. For further information we will soon release a publication where you can read up statistics regarding retrieval rate, specificity of the found literature and the "number needed to read" of publications. This is the number of publications you have to read before finding a publication relevant for you.
In case you find any publication missing in our system, please don't hesitate to give us feedback by contacting

Your support is important for us to further improve GenderMedDB!

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The publication database PubMed is searched automatically every sunday at 11:00 p.m. to find all new publications meeting our search criteria. The basis is a complex gender search term that has been optimised by iterative expert validation.
Retrieved publications will be added to the database and marked with annotations to gender, species, publication type as well as impact factor, the latter being updated on a regular manner.


The statistics are currently revised and therefore temporarily not available.


You can use the statistics for your own work, but please refer to the database as the source.