January 28, 2022

New Research Article: “Persistent Underrepresentation of Women’s Science in High Profile Journals” (Preprint)

The following research article (preprint) was posted to bioRxiv.


Persistent Underrepresentation of Women’s Science in High Profile Journals


Alicia Shen Yiqin
University of Washington

Jason M Webster
University of Washington

Yuichi Shoda
University of Washington

Ione Fine
University of Washington


via bioRxiv
DOI: 10.1101/275362
First Posted Online March 2, 2018


Past research has demonstrated an under-representation of female editors and reviewers in top scientific journals, but very few studies have examined the representation of women authors within original research articles. We collected research article publication records from 15 high-profile multidisciplinary and neuroscience journals for 2005-2017 and analyzed the representation of women over time, as well as its relationship with journal impact factor. We found that 1) Women authors have been persistently underrepresented in high-profile journals. This under-representation has persisted over more than a decade, with glacial improvement over time. 2) The percent of female first and last authors is negatively associated with a journal’s impact factor. Since publishing in high-profile journals is a gateway to academic success, this underrepresentation of women may contribute to the lack of women at the top of the scientific academic ladder.

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