Performance curves of medical researchers during their career: analysis of scientific production from a retrospective cohort
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    The French location could be a great strength

    If it is true, as I read in the media, that France is a country that has achieved gender equality in the use of surnames, this would be a great strength of this current study. Studies of female author publication profiles in many countries suffer from bias due to surname changes, despite the fact that academia is about personal brand power, which would one would think lead female academics to be more inclined to retain their surnames - even if for practical not ideological reasons. However, this does not really seem to be my experience in the UK. So, the cultural context of this paper seems a great strength, yet also it may be difficult to generalise the results about female academics to other cultural contexts.

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