In this issue of JAMA Ophthalmology, Kramer et al1 report on global trends in the sex of authors publishing ophthalmology articles over a 10-year period. Kramer et al1 used Gendermetrics.net, a relatively new software program that has been used in a similar fashion to analyze trends in the sex of those publishing dermatology, epilepsy, and cancer research. The researchers’ major findings were that, in a 10-year period, 34.9% of all authors were women and 27.1% of last authors were women. They describe a previously published pipeline problem: despite the increasing number of women graduating from ophthalmology residency programs, there is not a corresponding increase in women in leadership.2-4 The authors1 suggest that sex inequality affects opportunities to advance to senior levels in the field of ophthalmology.
Tsui I. The Glass Ceiling in Ophthalmology—Next Comes How to Change This. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2019;137(11):1231–1232. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2019.3113
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