Gender Parity in High Impact Cardiology Journals

Oksana Petrechko, Andrew S. Faturos, Suman Pal, Umair Khan, Harris Majeed, Shazib Sagheer, Subaina Khalid, Shanza Farook, Sana Khan, Hina Shuja, Syeda Humna Zaidi, Najam Wasty, Rahul Shekhar, Abu Baker Sheikh

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Despite increased female representation in medical training, women physicians continue to be under-represented in academic cardiology, particularly in senior roles of authorship and leadership. We analyzed the top 20 most-cited cardiology journals (31,540 total articles) between January 1, 2018 and October 31, 2021 for gender distribution of editorial staff and authorship. Our data demonstrated that only 27% of articles had women as first authors and 20% as senior authors. Women constituted 23% of editorial staff. There is a statistically significant negative correlation (R = 0.67, P = 0.0011) between the percentage of women as first authors and the percentage of men on editorial boards. Overall, female authorship increased from 26% first and 19% senior authors in 2018, to 29% first and 22% senior authors in 2021. Women authors are significantly under-represented in academic cardiology publications, and additional work is needed to identify and address barriers to publishing and academic advancement for women in cardiology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number101549
JournalCurrent Problems in Cardiology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2023
Externally publishedYes

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