Gender inequality and research performance: Moving beyond individual-meritocratic explanations of academic advancement

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Academic debates addressing the persistent gender gap in science reveal
considerable contestation of the relevance and extent of the problem. Particular
attention has been given to the question of whether women’s high attrition rates should be ascribed to the structural and cultural barriers inherent to the academic system or instead individualistic matters, such as personal motivation,
performance and merit. In order to contribute to a more nuanced understanding
of this particular issue, this cross-sectional bibliometric study investigates the
link between gender and research performance in the Danish context. More
specifically, it compares the citation and self-citation rates, source normalized
impact per publication scores and collaborative patterns of 3293 male and female researchers at a Danish university and provides evidence challenging the
widespread assumption of a persistent performance gap in favour of male
researchers. The result has implications for research organizations and managers, as it raises concerns about the validity of individual-meritocratic explanations of the skewed gender distributions in academia.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftStudies in Higher Education
Vol/bind41
Tidsskriftsnummer11
Sider (fra-til)2044-2060
Antal sider17
ISSN0307-5079
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StatusUdgivet - 2016

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