News Headlines Article

Women Aren’t Taking First Place In Top Medical Journals
Kaiser Health News

When you’re settling in to watch a movie, and the music starts playing, it’s hard to ignore the names that flash first in the opening credits: The Director. The Big Stars.

Name placement matters in academia, too. A recent study revealed there’s a gender gap in who gets top billing on medical studies published in several of the most prestigious research journals.

Dr. Carolyn Lam, a cardiologist and faculty member of the Duke-NUS medical school in Singapore, said getting top billing isn’t just about ego. The number of times you nab that “first author” spot on a research paper shapes how you’re evaluated at work — everything from tenure possibilities to pay.

Commands