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*This article is a reprint of a previously published article. For citation purposes, please use the original publication details; International Journal of Women's Dermatology 2 (2016) 1-4. DOI of original item: 10.1016/j.ijwd.2015.10.003.

Publisher's Version lists Emir Veledar affiliated with Florida International University.


A ten-year comparison of women authorship in U.S. dermatology literature, 1999 vs. 2009


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International Journal of Women's Dermatology


Volume 3, Number 1


, Pages S58-S61

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Women are entering medicine at increasing rates, particularly in dermatology. In this study, we compared women's influence and status in academic dermatology with that of men by examining authorship roles in peer-reviewed dermatology literature. We examined the literature in 2009 and compared that to 10 years prior (1999). A total of 1399 articles were reviewed, 594 of which met study criteria and were included in statistical analysis. There was a marked increase in senior female authorship over a decade (22% vs. 38%, p < 0.001). Female first authorship increased as well (41% vs. 51%, p < 0.001). In contrast, changes in male senior and first authorship were not statistically significant. Federal funding for female senior authors increased over a decade (19% vs. 37%, p = 0.05), and female senior authors in the 2009 cohort were more likely to hold a dual MD/PhD degree (0% vs. 11%, p = 0.04) or pure PhD degree (11% vs. 27%, p = 0.04). Women are approaching parity with men in terms of authorship in the dermatology literature, and additional research training and attainment of federal funding have helped women publish as senior authors.

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