Gender Study Explores Publishing Gap Between Men and Women | AIChE

Gender Study Explores Publishing Gap Between Men and Women


Empirical differences in the number of citations and the salaries of men vs. women in academia are well documented. In the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, the differences are even more apparent.

As several studies have found, men in STEM consistently publish more papers over the course of their careers than women do. This phenomenon has inspired many explanations; factors such as the differences between genders in family responsibilities, resource allocations, collaboration, and work climate may be to blame.

This so-called publishing productivity gap could even perpetuate the interpretation that male scientists are more intelligent or hardworking than female scientists.

To analyze this supposition, a team of researchers from Northeastern Univ. (NU) examined the publishing careers of approximately one million female and two million male authors whose careers ended in the years between 1955 and 2010...

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