The COVID-surge in research papers: explaining the gender-disparity

Approximate submission totals made via SAGE’s ScholarOne implementation.

My $0.02

A proxy for SAGE’s rejection rate. (Very noisy data, but you can see the rise in rejection-rate from April onwards)

This raises some new questions

Appendix: Some other data on publishers’ output

APS growth accelerates in early 2020. Left: 12-month rolling average trend. Right: actual monthly totals.
While AIP Publishing is on a downward trend, you can see that the trend stalls in 2020
SAGE, Elsevier and Springer — again all shown as both actual monthly totals and 12-month rolling average.
Data comes from the ‘gender-guesser’ Python package. Again, we see a rolling 12-month average



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