Gender equity in health research publishing in Africa
Anwaar Baobeid, Tara Faghani-Hamadani, Sara Sauer, Yap Boum, Bethany L Hedt-Gauthier, Nicholas Neufeld, Jackline Odhiambo, Jimmy Volmink, Miriam Shuchman, Erica Di Ruggiero, Jeanine U Condo
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Women researchers find it more difficult to publish in academic journals than men, an inequity that affects women’s careers and was exacerbated during the pandemic, particularly for women in low-income and middle-income countries. We measured publishing by sub-Saharan African (SSA) women in prestigious authorship positions (first or last author, or single author) during the time frame 2014–2016. We also examined policies and practices at journals publishing high rates of women scientists from sub-Saharan Africa, to identify potential structural enablers affecting these women in publishing.