While the proportion of female authors on scholarly papers is lower than their representation in academia as a whole, that proportion is on the rise, reports the Chronicle of Higher Education. Researchers at the University of Washington sifted through articles archived in JSTOR to determine whether there were gender-based differences in scholarly publishing and whether those differences changed over time.

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