Table 3

Representation of women in authorship, by journal type and article type

General medical journal—researchSpecialist Global Health journal—
research
General medical journal—
non-research
Specialist Global Health journal—
non-research
Women
First authors32% (38/117)45% (69/153)31% (34/111)52% (72/138)
 Of whom are from LMICs3% (1/38)29% (20/69)3% (1/33)19% (14/72)
Last authors17% (20/119)28% (43/153)21% (15/73)40% (46/115)
 Of whom are from LMICs10% (2/20)28% (12/43)7% (1/15)20% (9/46)
Single authors21% (8/38)35% (8/23)
 Of whom are from LMICs14% (1/7)0% (0/8)
Men
First authors68% (79/117)55% (84/153)69% (77/111)48% (66/138)
 Of whom are from LMICs6% (5/79)43% (36/84)4% (3/77)29% (19/66)
Last authors83% (99/119)72% (110/153)79% (58/73)60% (69/115)
 Of whom are from LMICs2% (2/99)34% (37/110)2% (1/58)25% (17/69)
Ratio of articles with first and last women authors vs first and last men authors1:81:31:51:1
  • LMICs, low-income and middle-income countries.