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Maxime Sainte-Marie

Making it personal: Examining gendered personalization patterns of single-authored papers

Research output: Contribution to book/anthology/report/proceedingArticle in proceedingsResearch

  • Gita Ghiasi, Canada Research Chair on the Transformations of Scholarly Communication, École de bibliothéconomie et des sciences de l'information, l’Université de Montréal, Canada
  • Maxime Sainte-Marie
  • Vincent Larivière, Canada Research Chair on the Transformations of Scholarly Communication, École de Bibliothéconomie et des Sciences de l'Information, Univ Quebec Montreal, University of Quebec, University of Quebec Montreal, CIRST, OST, Canada

Authorial self-mentions as one of the primary forms of scientific communication in sole authorship could convey not only the salient characteristics of disciplinary epistemologies but a representation of the author. The latter is often reflected through the use of first-person pronouns. The objective of this study is to assess disciplinary, national, and gender differences in the use of first-person subject pronouns in sole-authored scientific articles. Following the analysis of all sole-authored articles published between 2008 and 2017 and indexed in the Web of Science, this study reveals that women refer to themselves in the singular form more often than men, which could be indicative of cultural associations of masculinity and authority in the system of science. The results of this study are of great importance to academic evaluative processes where sole-authorship is rewarded as an independent work and author’s credibility.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication17th International Conference on Scientometrics and Informetrics, ISSI 2019 - Proceedings
Number of pages6
PublisherInternational Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics
Publication year2019
Pages2088-2093
ISBN (print)978-883381118-5
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes
Event17th International Conference on Scientometrics and Informetrics, ISSI 2019 - Rome, Italy
Duration: 2 Sep 20195 Sep 2019

Conference

Conference17th International Conference on Scientometrics and Informetrics, ISSI 2019
LandItaly
ByRome
Periode02/09/201905/09/2019

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