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Table 2 Factors associated with self-reported limited skills in writing (N = 1191)

From: Barriers to publishing in biomedical journals perceived by a sample of French researchers: results of the DIAzePAM study

  Limited skills in writinga Chi P-value
No (N = 811) Yes (N = 380)
Gender: female 48% 68% <0.0011
Age (years)    <0.0012
  < 35 20% 41%  
 35–45 35% 38%  
 45–55 25% 17%  
 55–65 17% 4%  
  > 65 2% 1%  
Position    <0.0011
 Hospital practitioner 18% 28%  
 Senior/hospital university assistant 46% 67%  
 University professor/hospital practitioner 15% 4%  
 University assistant professor/hospital practitioner 21% 1%  
First authorb in:    <0.0012
 0 article 27% 52%  
 1–2 articles 40% 40%  
 3–4 articles 22% 7%  
 5 and + articles 10% 1%  
Second or third authorb in:    <0.0012
 0 article 20% 38%  
 1–2 articles 42% 46%  
 3–4 articles 25% 14%  
 5 and + articles 13% 2%  
Last authorb in:    <0.0012
 0 article 50% 86%  
 1–2 articles 27% 11%  
 3–4 articles 12% 2%  
 5 and + articles 11% 0%  
Not publishing enough 69% 93% <0.0011
No external support for previous articlesb 73% 70% 0.351
Limited skills in English 30% 60% <0.0011
Difficulty in starting writing 24% 56% <0.0011
Would appreciate technical support for a future publication 83% 96% <0.0011
  1. aRounded values; bIn the previous 2 years
  2. Tests used: 1Pearson chi-square test, 2Proportional odds likelihood ratio chi-square test
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