September 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, 36 through 39
Excluding: This Week in The Journal, Editorial, Correction
First author gender ratio: 29 women : 29 men (50%)
Last/sole author gender ratio: 42 women : 18 men (30%)
Middle author gender ratio: 99 women : 131 men (43%)
All author gender ratio: 146 women : 202 men (42%)

Excluded: 1 first author, 0 last authors, and 4 middle authors. 5 in total.

Neuron
Volume 99, Issue 5 and Issue 6
Excluding: Corrections
First author gender ratio: 6 women : 31 men (16%)
Last/sole author gender ratio: 17 women : 25 men (40%)
Middle author gender ratio: 82 women : 147 men (36%)
All author gender ratio: 105 women : 203 men (34%)

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

Nature Neuroscience
Volume 21, Issue 9
Excluding: Amendments and Corrections, Author/Publisher correction
First author gender ratio: 6 women : 10 men (46%)
Last/sole author gender ratio: 5 women : 12 men (29%)
Middle author gender ratio: 59 women : 117 men (34%)
All author gender ratio: 70 women : 139 men (33%)

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

eNeuro
Excluding: Editorial
First author gender ratio: 6 women : 3 men (67%)
Last/sole author gender ratio: 5 women : 7 men (44%)
Middle author gender ratio: 23 women : 32 men (42%)
All author gender ratio: 34 women : 42 men (45%)

Excluded: 0 last authors, 0 first authors, 2 middle author. 2 in total

 

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