May 2019 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 2018 Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, 50% of graduate students and postdocs in neuroscience are women.

For last or sole authors we take the base rate to be 31%,  the percentage of women faculty at the same meeting. We take the base rate for all authors to be the overall percentage of 43%.

Plots:

Data:

Journal of Neuroscience
Volume 39, Issues 18:22
Excluding: This Week in The Journal, Editorial, Correction
First author gender ratio: 35 women : 40 men (47%)
Last/sole author gender ratio: 24 women : 51 men (32%)
Middle author gender ratio: 129 women : 158 men (45%)
All author gender ratio: 188 women : 249 men (43%)

Excluded: 0 last author, 0 first author, and 3 middle authors. 3 in total.

Neuron
Volume 102, Issue 3 and Issue 4
Excluding: Corrections
First author gender ratio: 15 women : 23 men (39%)
Last/sole author gender ratio: 5 women : 38 men (12%)
Middle author gender ratio: 78 women : 102 men (43%)
All author gender ratio: 98 women : 163 men (38%)

Excluded: 0 last authors, 1 first author, and 6 middle author. 7 in total.

Nature Neuroscience
Volume 22, Issue 5
Excluding: Amendments and Corrections, Author/Publisher correction
First author gender ratio: 6 women : 11 men (35%)
Last/sole author gender ratio: 4 women : 16 men (35%)
Middle author gender ratio: 42 women : 76 men (36%)
All author gender ratio: 52 women : 103 men (34%)

Excluded: 0 last authors, 1 first authors, 1 middle authors. 2 in total.

eNeuro
Excluding: Editorial
First author gender ratio: 3 women : 4 men (43%)
Last/sole author gender ratio: women : 4 men (43%)
Middle author gender ratio: 16 women : 27 men (37%)
All author gender ratio: 16 women : 27 men (37%)

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

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