Where on the List

Not only does it matter how many papers a researcher, particularly one in academia, produces, where on the list of authors that person fall is also important.

At Five Thirty-Eight, Emma Pierson dives into arXiv data — more than 900,000 papers — to see how female scientists are faring on that metric. In the 23 years' worth of papers she analyzed, the representation of female authors did increase over time.

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