Women among first authors in Japanese cardiovascular journal: An observational study

Tomoko Fujii, Tasuku Matsuyama, Jiro Takeuchi, Masahiko Hara, Tetsuhisa Kitamura, Keiko Yamauchi-Takihara

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The representation of women in Japanese academic medicine is not evident. We aimed to assess trends related to the proportion of female first authors in Japanese cardiovascular journals. We reviewed original research articles in 6 journals published in English by Japanese societies between 2006 and 2015 related to cardiovascular fields. We conducted a multivariable logistic regression analysis to assess the factors associated with the gender of first authors and plotted the trend of predicted probability for female first authors over the study period. Of 7,005 original articles, 1,330 (19.0%) had female first authors. Affiliations located in Japan (adjusted odds ratio [aOR], 0.76; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.71-0.81), concurrent first and corresponding authors (aOR, 0.69; 95% CI, 0.64-0.74), and the total number of listed authors (aOR, 0.97; 95% CI, 0.95-0.99) were negatively associated with female first authors. The adjusted probability of a female first author increased from 13% to 20% on an average between 2006 and 2009, but the increase reached a plateau after 2010. Female first authors of original research articles published in Japanese cardiovascular journals increased over the examined decade. However, the representation of women is still low and has plateaued in recent years. A gender gap in authorship for Japanese cardiovascular journals remains.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)372-377
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Heart Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Authorship
  • Gender gap
  • Japan

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