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Scientific performance assessments through a gender lens: A case study on evaluation and selection practices in academia

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Scientific performance assessments through a gender lens : A case study on evaluation and selection practices in academia. / Nielsen, Mathias Wullum.

I: Science & Technology Studies, Bind 31, Nr. 1, 2018, s. 2-30.

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Nielsen, Mathias Wullum. / Scientific performance assessments through a gender lens : A case study on evaluation and selection practices in academia. I: Science & Technology Studies. 2018 ; Bind 31, Nr. 1. s. 2-30.

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