Table 1

Proportion of men and women first authors by degree, journal and year

JournalFirst author position20142015201620172018
n (%)n (%)n (%)n (%)n (%)
AIMWomen physicians10 (21)6 (13)12 (23)12 (24)17 (28)
Women non-physicians6 (13)5 (11)9 (17)5 (10)4 (7)
Men physicians26 (54)27 (59)23 (44)23 (46)32 (53)
Men non-physicians6 (13)8 (17)8 (15)10 (20)7 (12)
Total articles4846525060
JAMAWomen physicians20 (12)27 (13)23 (12)27 (14)27 (18)
Women non-physicians16 (9)18 (8)19 (10)26 (13)21 (14)
Men physicians94 (54)107 (50)108 (58)99 (51)69 (45)
Men non-physicians43 (25)64 (30)35 (19)41 (21)37 (24)
Total articles173216185193154
NEJMWomen physicians29 (16)33 (18)24 (13)39 (20)49 (29)
Women non-physicians30 (16)15 (8)37 (21)39 (20)25 (15)
Men physicians85 (45)83 (46)80 (45)76 (39)62 (37)
Men non-physicians43 (23)49 (27)38 (21)42 (21)32 (19)
Total articles187180179196168
  • AIM, Annals of Internal Medicine; JAMA, Journal of the American Medical Association; NEJM, New England Journal of Medicine.