Authorship diversity among first authors of original investigation articles published in Revista Medica de Chile between 2017-2021
2Interdisciplinary Centre for Health Studies Universidad de Valparaíso, Chile
Background: Revista Médica de Chile (RevMedChile) is the oldest monthly journal of Chilean health science responsible for publishing original articles related to internal medicine and its derived subspecialties. It is the Chilean journal of health science with the highest indexes h5 (26) and m5 (40) in the year 2021, according to SCImago Journal Rank (SJR). Diversity among researchers is an important aspect for science progress, allowing us to develop a broader spectrum of viewpoints and looking forward to achieving an equity perspective related to gender, nationality, and academical level. This may lead to an increase in trustworthiness evidence by including historically relegated variables and patients. Despite this, UNESCO declared that less than 30% of the world’s researchers are women, and many articles point out the lack of diversity in specific fields.
Objectives: Assess authorship diversity and its distribution by theme and methodology in investigation articles, published in Rev Med Chile between the years 2017-2021.
Methods: We retrieved every article published in Rev Med Chile during 2017-2021 and made a full text review to identify the first author, country, theme, methodology, conflict of interest, and founding, all of them declared on the articles. We only consider quantitative research articles from clinical and preclinical areas. A list of the first authors characterized by the variables sex, occupation, and geographical location was created. Finally, we analyze the distribution of those variables in different themes and methodologies presented in the totality of the articles reviewed. Preliminary
Results: We found 1,056 articles of which 728 were included because of our inclusion criteria. In 442 (60.7%) of the articles, the first author were men and in 286 (39.3%) were women. Seven hundred and nine (97.3%) of the first authors were geographically localized in Latin America, 13 (1.8%) in Europe, 3 (0.4%) in the United States and Canada, and 2 (0.3%) in Asia. The analysis of the occupation and organization of the authors is ongoing.
Conclusions: Further conclusions will be presented in Cochrane’s colloquium. Patient, public, and/or healthcare consumer involvement: Patients, the public, and/or healthcare consumers were not involved in this study.