while on maternity my name was not included on research papers, book chapters that I had contributed to and study design because I had been away.

I was working as a post-doc researcher at a top ranking London university on a 4 year contract. In the 2nd year of the post i got pregnant and while on maternity my name was not included on research papers, book chapters that I had contributed to in terms of data collection and study design because I had been away. I also had my name removed from a paper which i had drafted prior to going on maternity leave. I know that similar situations have occurred to other friends in academic positions while on maternity leave – and its detrimental to longer term career development as published papers are how academics are judged.

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