The COVID pandemic may have affected gender disparities in research publication, which serves as a proxy for academic productivity and often leads to academic promotion. In the years 2019 and 2020, there was a significant gender-related disparity in actual publications in peer-reviewed high-impact pain journals. In those years, first-author gender did not affect original research where protocols blind reviewers to potential authors' names and other demographics. A gender disparity occurred in non-original research (p=0.047). Bivariate analysis did not show any association between gender and time, suggesting the COVID pandemic did not play a significant role in these disparities.