Authorship Trends Over the Past 30-Years in the Annals of Biomedical Engineering

Izath Nizeet Aguilar, Venkateswaran Ganesh, Rachel Mannfeld, Riley Gorden, Jennifer M. Hatch, Shatoria Lunsford, Elizabeth C. Whipple, Randall T. Loder, Melissa A. Kacena

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In academia, manuscripts serve as an important component of career development. The past several years have seen heightened evaluation of the role of the gender gap in career advancement, as well as other bibliometric changes in publications. We therefore analyzed authorship and publication trends in the Annals of Biomedical Engineering over the past three decades (one complete year of manuscripts for each decade; 1986, 1996, 2006, and 2016). The variables analyzed were number of authors per manuscript, numerical position of the corresponding author, number of collaborating institutions and countries, number of references, and number of citations per manuscript. The gender of both the first and corresponding authors was identified and analyzed over time and by region. Globally, the percentage of female first and corresponding authors significantly increased from 0% in 1986 to 28.6% (p = 0.003) and 20.4% (p = 0.0009), respectively, in 2016. Although there were significant differences regarding female first and corresponding author over time, they did not vary by region of origin (p = 0.5 and 0.2, respectively). Overall, these findings highlight the improvements made and the challenges that still exist related to publishing within the bioengineering field.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1171-1180
Number of pages10
JournalAnnals of Biomedical Engineering
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 15 2019


  • Author
  • Bibliometric analysis
  • Female
  • Gender
  • Publication trends

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering

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    Aguilar, I. N., Ganesh, V., Mannfeld, R., Gorden, R., Hatch, J. M., Lunsford, S., Whipple, E. C., Loder, R. T., & Kacena, M. A. (2019). Authorship Trends Over the Past 30-Years in the Annals of Biomedical Engineering. Annals of Biomedical Engineering, 47(5), 1171-1180.