Women are significantly under-represented as last authors on high-quality research papers, according to a recent analysis of the journals tracked by the Nature Index.
The study, published in PLoS ONE “shows just how comprehensively men dominate publishing in science,” says Deb Verhoeven, associate dean of engagement and innovation at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), whose recent investigations into research funding in Australia has also uncovered significant gender inequity. “It provides powerful evidence that corroborates what many women already know and have personally experienced as scientists.”
In the study, Michael Bendels and his colleagues from Goethe University Frankfurt am Main extracted authorship information from articles published between 2008 and 2016 in 54 of the 68 journals listed on the Nature Index. The journals were selected by active scientists to represent the upper echelon of publications in the natural sciences.
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