Academic Papers Published in India | Men are 1st Authors in 3 times as Women | A Study

The study took into consideration 27,710 scientific articles/papers published in 2017 in India, where the first author affiliations are explicitly Indian.

The study conducted by a team from the University of Wolverhampton, UK, in conjunction with the Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, has found just how underrepresented — men are first authors in three times as many academic papers as those with a female first author.

The study was accompanied by a caveat — it used a baseline assumption that first author is typically the first author of the study with the maximum contribution, while the last author is mostly the professor who oversaw it. However, this is not always true in India, considering several senior professors or international collaborators insist on being the first author in a research paper.

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