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Who is publishing in ecology and evolution? the underrepresentation of women and the Global South

First Author: Hughes, AC
Abstract: Introduction: Most global biodiversity is in developing economies. Decades of capacity building should have built sufficient in-country capacity to develop biodiversity baselines; yet has effort provided the expertise to build these baselines?Methods: Grants and access to research opportunities are often linked to success in publishing, with the H-index providing the main metric of academic success. Recent compilations of Top Researchers in Ecology and Evolution included 5,419 researchers, but where these researchers are and how representative they are has not been well studied. We explored the global distribution of Top Researchers in Ecology and Evolution and explored the representation of Women, non-Caucasians, and non-Caucasian women, as well as the representation of local top researchers in different regions.Results: Over half Top Researchers in Ecology and Evolution are from just three countries (United States, United Kingdom, and Australia), and 83% come from 12 higher-income countries. Even in lower-income economies the majority of the few high impact researchers are originally from higher-income economies. Only China had a high proportion of their high-impact non-Caucasian researchers, with the majority of researchers coming from that region. Women were also underrepresented across the globe, only three countries had more than 20% of top-performing ecologists being female.Discussion: Ultimately, despite decades of capacity building, we are still failing to build in-country capacity for research or to provide sufficient support for female ecologists to publish and lead the field. Here we discuss why these issues persist, and how we might improve representation and access to opportunity and support for all groups, and provide the analysis needed to provide solutions to global challenges in biodiversity conservation, which require diverse representation to develop effective, and nuanced solutions.
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Subject: Environmental Sciences
Impact Factor: 4.6
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PubYear: 2023
Volume: 11
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