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US women doctors lag behind men in publishing papers in top journals

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.333.7561.219 (Published 27 July 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:219

New York Janice Tanne

Despite increases in the number of women doctors in the United States over the past 40 years they are still under-represented as first or senior authors on papers published in leading journals, finds research in the New England Journal of Medicine (2006;355:281-7).

The observation that many papers in leading journals were written by men prompted the authors to wonder what message that sent to ambitious young women. “Publication in medical journals is an important measure of academic productivity. It is also highly emphasized in the academic promotion process and an important means by …

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