Even as medicine becomes more diverse, main authors in elite journals remain mostly white and male

When looking just at the main authors of high-profile journal articles, representation of women and people of color appears to have stagnated in recent years, a new analysis reveals.

A new analysis of two of the nation’s most prestigious medical journals shows that women and people of color rarely served as lead or senior authors of research articles published during the past three decades, and that gains in authorship during that time have lagged behind the increasing presence of these groups within medicine.

In fact, when looking just at the main authors of high-profile journal articles — a metric closely tied to career success — representation of women and people of color appears to have stagnated in recent years, despite an increased focus on racial, ethnic, and gender equity in medicine.

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