Researchers are significantly underrepresented in the COVID-19 study

New research from the George Institute for Global Health at Oxford University found a gender trend in a research report on COVID-19, meaning that women’s views do not uniformly affect the epidemic response. are

Women are underrepresented as authors of research in many scientific areas [1], particularly in the top positions of the first and last authors, and this is published today in BMJ Global Health. Research in COVID-19 publications tends to remain.

The research team analyzed the publications on Covid 19 since the outbreak of the January 2020 epidemic to identify the representation of women as authors and as the first or last author. Overall, women made up only a third (34%) of all authors. Of the 1,235 articles rated by the first author, only 29% were women, compared to only 26% (of the 1,216 articles) by the last author.

The wide gender gap in writing research on COVID-19, and particularly in the highest positions, reflects the underrepresentation of women in other areas of scientific research. Dr. Anna Katrina Panho Gomes of the George Institute UK, who has led the analysis for years, said.

There are many possible reasons for their underrepresentation in COVID-19 research. For example, women may have less time to research during an epidemic [2], may be denied access to COVID-19 research due to the expected high impact [3] and such research. Can also be viewed in a circle. Dr. Pinho Gomez highlighted those in leadership positions that are typically held by men.

It is important that this underrepresentation of women is likely to be underrepresented in research on gender issues related to the coronavirus and the availability and investigation of data on gender differentiation, hence the occurrence in COVID-19. Only the findings of the investigation can say. An incomplete picture of the sexual and gender impact of the epidemic.

One possible solution to the continued underrepresentation of women in writing scientific articles, according to the authors, is to allow voluntary gender disclosure as part of the presentation of articles in scientific journals, including COVID-19. In this way, editorial teams can monitor gender inequality in authorship and encourage research teams to promote gender equality for the same benefit of women and men.

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