Thursday, February 16, 2012

B - The gender gap in authorship

Shields L, Hall J, Mamun AA. The "gender gap" in authorship in nursing literature. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine 2011;104(11):457-464
(doi: 10.1258/jrsm.2011.110015)

There is gender bias in authorship in nursing journals in the UK similar to that observed in medicine, with more men than women as first or senior authors of articles. Despite the small proportion of men in the nursing workforce, up to 30% of first authors in 8 non-specialist nursing journals were men. UK journals were more likely to have male authors than USA journals, and this increased over time.

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