Medical Journal Articles Written by Women Are Cited Less Than Those Written by Men

Kelsey Odorczyk | July 2, 2021

Original research articles with women as both primary and senior authors are cited the least, Penn Medicine research finds.

PHILADELPHIA— While more women are entering the field of academic medicine than ever before, they are less likely to be recognized as experts and leaders; they are less likely to receive prestigious awards, be promoted to full professorshipshold leadership roles, or author original research or commentaries in major journals. What’s more, articles published by women in high-impact medical journals also have fewer citations than those written by men, especially when women are primary and senior authors, according to new research from the Perelman School of Medicine and the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania, published today in JAMA Open Network.  

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