April 2018 Journal Watch

Methods:

See our January 2018 Journal Watch post for details on methods.

Base rates:

First authors are more likely to be graduate students or postdoctoral fellows. Using our calculations based on registration for the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience49% of graduate students and postdocs in neuroscience are women.

For last or sole authors we take the base rate to be 39%,  the percentage of women faculty at the same meeting. We take the base rate for all authors to be the overall percentage of 45%.

Plots:

Data:

Journal of Neuroscience
Volume 38, Issues 14 through 17
Excluding: This Week in The Journal, Editorial, Correction, Erratum, Errata
First author gender ratio: 27 women : 33 men (45%)
Last/sole author gender ratio: 17 women : 50 men (25%)
Middle author gender ratio: 88 women : 145 men (38%)
All author gender ratio: 132 women : 228 men (37%)

Excluded: 2 last authors, 3 first authors and 24 middle authors. 29 in total.

Neuron
Volume 98, Issue 1 and Issue 2
Excluding: None
First author gender ratio: 10 women : 26 men (28%)
Last/sole author gender ratio: 12 women : 28 men (30%)
Middle author gender ratio: 44 women : 88 men (33%)
All author gender ratio: 66 women : 142 men (32%)

Excluded: 1 last author, 1 first author and 4 middle authors. 6 in total.

Nature Neuroscience
Volume 21, Issue 4
Excluding: None
First author gender ratio: 6 women : 16 men (27%)
Last/sole author gender ratio: 4 women : 18 men (18%)
Middle author gender ratio: 46 women : 75 men (38%)
All author gender ratio: 56 women : 109 men (34%)

Excluded: 0 last authors, 0 first authors and 4 middle authors. 4 in total.

eNeuro
Excluding: Erratum, Correction, Editorial
First author gender ratio: 14 women : 15 men (48%)
Last/sole author gender ratio: 8 women : 23 men (26%)
Middle author gender ratio: 43 women : 72 men (37%)
All author gender ratio: 65 women : 110 men (37%)

Excluded: 0 last authors, 2 first authors and 4 middle authors. 6 in total.

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CSH Asia: Latest Advances in Development & Function of Neuronal Circuits

Cold Spring Harbor Asia conference on Latest Advances in Development & Function of Neuronal Circuits

Organizers: Frank Bradke, Kazuo Emoto, Hailan Hu, Alcino Silva
Sponsor: Novartis
Keynote speaker gender ratio: 0 women : 2 men (0%)
Total speaker gender ratio: 7 women : 17 men (29%)
Estimated* base rate of women in the field: 17-18%

*Method of estimation: Previously established base rate of women in computational neuroscience, specifically the numbers based on attendance at COSYNE (Computational and Systems Neuroscience) 2016.

SCGB Postdoc Meeting Series

 Simons Collaboration on the Global Brain (SCGB) Postdoc Meeting Series**

NY-area meeting organizers: Kanaka Rajan and  James Murray
West Coast meeting organizer: Anna Gillespie
NY-area invited speaker ratio: 8 Women :  12 Men (40%)
West Coast invited speaker gender ratio: 4 Women : 4 Men (50%)
Total invited speaker gender ratio: 12 Women : 16 Men (43%)
Estimated* base rate of women in the field: 17-20%

*Method of estimation: Previously established base rate of women in computational neuroscience.
**Numbers are for all meeting held up until May 2018. 14 meetings are included: 10 NY-area meetings (since June 2016) and 4 West Coast meetings (since June 2017).