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Dearth by a Thousand Cuts? Accounting for Gender Differences in Top-Ranked Publication Rates in Social Psychology

Author(s): Cikara, Mina; Rudman, Laurie; Fiske, Susan T.

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Abstract: Publication in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, a flagship indicator of scientific prestige, shows dramatic gender disparities. A bibliometric analysis included yoked-control authors matched for Ph.D. prestige and cohort. Though women publish less, at slower annual rates, they are more cited in handbooks and textbooks per JPSP-article-published. No gender differences emerged on variables reflecting differential qualifications. Many factors explain gender discrepancy in productivity. Among top publishers, per-year rate and first authorship especially differ by gender; rate uniquely predicts top-male productivity, whereas career-length uniquely predicts top-female productivity. Among men, across top-publishers and controls, productivity correlates uniquely with editorial negotiating and being married. For women, no personal variables predict productivity. A separate inquiry shows tiny gender differences in acceptance rates per JPSP article submitted; discrimination would be a small-but-plausible contributor, absent independent indicators of manuscript quality. Recent productivity rates mirror earlier gender disparities, suggesting gender gaps will continue.
Publication Date: Jun-2012
Electronic Publication Date: 25-Jun-2012
Citation: Cikara, Mina, Rudman, Laurie, Fiske, Susan. (2012). Dearth by a Thousand Cuts?: Accounting for Gender Differences in Top-Ranked Publication Rates in Social Psychology. Journal of Social Issues, 68 (2), 263 - 285. doi:10.1111/j.1540-4560.2012.01748.x
DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1540-4560.2012.01748.x
ISSN: 0022-4537
Pages: 263 - 285
Type of Material: Journal Article
Journal/Proceeding Title: Journal of Social Issues
Version: Author's manuscript

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