Bias against research on gender bias

Cislak, Aleksandra; Formanowicz, Magdalena; Saguy, Tamar (2018). Bias against research on gender bias. Scientometrics, 115(1), pp. 189-200. Akadémiai Kiadó / Springer 10.1007/s11192-018-2667-0

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The bias against women in academia is a documented phenomenon that has had detrimental consequences, not only for women, but also for the quality of science. First, gender bias in academia affects female scientists, resulting in their underrepresentation in academic institutions, particularly in higher ranks. The second type of gender bias in science relates to some findings applying only to male participants, which produces biased knowledge. Here, we identify a third potentially powerful source of gender bias in aca- demia: the bias against research on gender bias. In a bibliometric investigation covering a broad range of social sciences, we analyzed published articles on gender bias and race bias and established that articles on gender bias are funded less often and published in journals with a lower Impact Factor than articles on comparable instances of social discrimination. This result suggests the possibility of an underappreciation of the phenomenon of gender bias and related research within the academic community. Addressing this meta-bias is crucial for the further examination of gender inequality, which severely affects many women across the world.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Social Psychology and Social Neuroscience

UniBE Contributor:

Formanowicz, Magdalena Maria

Subjects:

000 Computer science, knowledge & systems > 010 Bibliographies
100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology

ISSN:

0138-9130

Publisher:

Akadémiai Kiadó / Springer

Language:

English

Submitter:

Magdalena Maria Formanowicz

Date Deposited:

09 May 2018 08:35

Last Modified:

23 Oct 2019 10:50

Publisher DOI:

10.1007/s11192-018-2667-0

PubMed ID:

29527071

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.113619

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/113619

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