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COVID-19 medical papers have fewer women first authors than expected.
Andersen, Jens Peter; Nielsen, Mathias Wullum; Simone, Nicole L; Lewiss, Resa E; Jagsi, Reshma.
  • Andersen JP; Danish Centre for Studies in Research and Research Policy, Department of Political Science, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark.
  • Nielsen MW; Department of Sociology, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • Simone NL; Department of Radiation Oncology, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, United States.
  • Lewiss RE; Department of Emergency Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, United States.
  • Jagsi R; Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, United States.
Elife ; 92020 06 15.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1497818
ABSTRACT
The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in school closures and distancing requirements that have disrupted both work and family life for many. Concerns exist that these disruptions caused by the pandemic may not have influenced men and women researchers equally. Many medical journals have published papers on the pandemic, which were generated by researchers facing the challenges of these disruptions. Here we report the results of an analysis that compared the gender distribution of authors on 1893 medical papers related to the pandemic with that on papers published in the same journals in 2019, for papers with first authors and last authors from the United States. Using mixed-effects regression models, we estimated that the proportion of COVID-19 papers with a woman first author was 19% lower than that for papers published in the same journals in 2019, while our comparisons for last authors and overall proportion of women authors per paper were inconclusive. A closer examination suggested that women's representation as first authors of COVID-19 research was particularly low for papers published in March and April 2020. Our findings are consistent with the idea that the research productivity of women, especially early-career women, has been affected more than the research productivity of men.
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Full text: Available Collection: International databases Database: MEDLINE Main subject: Pneumonia, Viral / Research Personnel / Authorship / Women / Bibliometrics / Coronavirus Infections / Pandemics Type of study: Prognostic study / Randomized controlled trials Limits: Female / Humans Country/Region as subject: North America Language: English Year: 2020 Document Type: Article Affiliation country: ELife.58807

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Full text: Available Collection: International databases Database: MEDLINE Main subject: Pneumonia, Viral / Research Personnel / Authorship / Women / Bibliometrics / Coronavirus Infections / Pandemics Type of study: Prognostic study / Randomized controlled trials Limits: Female / Humans Country/Region as subject: North America Language: English Year: 2020 Document Type: Article Affiliation country: ELife.58807