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Women in Science Receive Less Credit for Their Contributions

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A higher percentage of women than men report being excluded from a scientific paper to which they had contributed.

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Women in science are less likely than their male counterparts to receive authorship credit for the work they do, a new study finds.

Researchers used a large set of administrative data from universities that revealed exactly who was involved with and paid on various research projects. That data was linked to patents and articles published in scientific journals — which name authors — to see which people who worked on individual projects received credit in the patents and journals and who did not.

Results, published in the journal Nature, show that women who worked on a research project were 13% less likely to be named as authors in related scientific articles compared to their male colleagues.

Moreover, "women were 59% less likely than men to be named on patents related to projects that they both worked on," says study co-author Bruce Weinberg, professor of economics at Ohio State University.

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