TL Braisher, MRE Symonds, NJ Gemmell (2005) Publication success in Nature and Science is not gender dependent. BioEssays 27: 858-859.

What’s it about?

A brief analysis examining whether there is any evidence of gender differences in proportions of their research output in the flagship science journals. Fortunately there isn’t.

What’s the story behind it?

After I had my paper in TREE published which examined whether individuals who got Nature or Science publication early in their career had greater publication productivity, I was contacted by Tamsin Braisher, an old PhD friend of mine from Cambridge. She wondered if we might look again at my data I had collected and investigate any evidence of gender differences in the data set. The idea intrigued me, and led to a later more substantial collaboration generally investigating differences in quantity and quality in publication output between men and women.

Obscure factoid: the article was initially submitted, unsuccessfully, to Nature. However, they did subsequently ask for a potted summary of it to be published in their own in-house publication Nurture, which looks uncannily like Nature, but in a kind of glossy newsletter format.

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