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Pandemic Worsens Gender Gap for Women Publishing Research

Sept. 17, 2020, 3:01 PM

A shrinking percentage of women published health sciences research since Covid-19 hit, according to a JAMA study that may signal increasing gender disparities due to the pandemic.

Researchers at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center analyzed two servers that house unpublished research papers to evaluate whether the pandemic has exacerbated the gender gap in academic publishing in the health and life sciences sectors. They found that gap increased to 55% in April compared to 23% in January on the health sciences server known as medRxiv, but there wasn’t a statistically significant change on the life sciences server ...