What is it about?
This work analyzed ~300,000 papers published over the past two decades to quantify global, gender, and taxonomic disparities in plant science. Our analyses reveal striking geographical biases that are correlated with national affluence. Gender disparities were also evident, with far more papers led by authors with masculine compared to feminine names. Lastly, the vast majority of studies focused on major crop and model species and the remaining biodiversity accounted for only a fraction of publications. We suspect that broadening participation at the human level could lead to a natural diversification of study systems.
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Why is it important?
This work represents an important addition to the growing conversation about diversifying and decolonizing science. The systemic and continued disparities we observed within plant science likely exist across scientific disciplines, and we expect this work to be of broad interest to readers from any field.
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This page is a summary of: A critical analysis of plant science literature reveals ongoing inequities, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, February 2023, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2217564120.
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