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Papers twice as likely to be authored by men as women

An analysis of 5.4 million peer-reviewed research papers has shown that women are underrepresented in academic publishing.

The study, led by Vincent Larivière, an associate professor in the school of library information science at the University of Montreal, found that female first authors were outnumbered by male first authors by a ratio close to 2:1.

The research was based on articles published between 2008 and 2012 and found on the Web of Science database run by Thomson Reuters. Gender was assigned to authors using compiled lists of names from sources such as the United States Census.

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