Special Issue "Gender Research at the Nexus of the Social Sciences and Humanities"

A special issue of Publications (ISSN 2304-6775).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Alesia Zuccala
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Guest Editor
Department of Communication, Copenhagen University, Copenhagen, Denmark
Interests: scholarly communication; research evaluation; bibliometrics
Dr. Georgiana Turculet
Guest Editor
Department of Law, University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain
Interests: Immigration; citizenship; public policy; gender
Dr. Gemma Derrick
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Guest Editor
Department of Educational Research, Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK
Interests: peer review; research policy; research evaluation studies; Impact (societal, scientific, and cultural); meta-research; innovation studies; gender and research dynamics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Read the latest reports surrounding COVID-19 and its effect on scientific research worldwide, and we find that gender inequality and the representation of women has worsened. With more women needed at home, traditional social contracts have become exaggerated, and power dynamics intensified. Gender equality has always been an issue in academia, but this setback due to the pandemic calls for new research.  

The advancement of women can never be fully accounted for in terms of performance, preferences, or values. Statistics concerning the career trajectories and productivity rates of female academics “whirl around like a broken record”. In fact, the more accounting we do concerning performance, the less we understand the legacy of underlying gender biases or schemas. In the social sciences, and in psychology in particular, schemas surrounding inequality are referred to as “confounding” influences. Humanists, on the other hand, often recognize “concepts of intersectionality”. It is therefore valuable to look at gender research at the nexus of these fields, not only because of how their vocabularies conceptualize gender issues, but also because of how women contribute to them in general.

It is widely understood that women are underrepresented in STEM. In fact, there has always been a concern about advancing more women towards disciplines like engineering, physics, and computer science. Research evaluation systems value STEM disciplines due to their impacts on society, thus we need women who can contribute significantly to new medical, technological, and scientific solutions to societal problems. However, this aim should not be distinguished from the social sciences and humanities. It is well known, for instance, that women still tend to be underrepresented in the field of philosophy. Note also that in 1971, Gloria Steinem delivered one of the most thought-provoking guest speeches about "Why Harvard Law School Needs Women. More Than Women Need It". The advancement of women is not just about choices, pre-dispositions, or values attached to impact frameworks; it is also a matter of humanity and social justice.

This Issue welcomes contributions that address the following:

  • Gender disparities in academia and COVID-19.
  • Conceptions of gender, gender stereotyping, choices, and systems of self-belief.
  • Gender and mobility.
  • Gender and diversity.
  • Hostile sexism and the rise of #MeToo.
  • Sociopolitics and underlying gender schemas.
  • Gender myths, biases and stereotypes.
  • Policies and/or affirmative action.
  • Gendered career trajectories—e.g., bottlenecks, glass ceilings; hiring practices; tokenism; gender pay gaps.
  • Gender and the morality of discrimination.
  • Feminism and intersectional justice.

All methodological approaches are welcome. Case studies and proof-of-concept studies should present new and unique findings and highlight future research possibilities and developments. Opinion pieces will not be considered for the Special Issue.

Dr. Alesia Zuccala
Dr. Georgiana Turculet
Dr. Gemma Derrick
Guest Editors

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  • Gender inequality
  • Gender disparities
  • Advancement of women in STEM and SSH
  • Gender and research

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Open Access Publishing Probabilities Based on Gender and Authorship Structures in Vietnam
Publications 2021, 9(4), 45; https://doi.org/10.3390/publications9040045 - 05 Oct 2021
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Open access (OA) publishing is beneficial for researchers to improve recognition, representation, and visibility in academia. However, few studies have been conducted for studying the association between gender and OA publishing likelihood. Therefore, the current study explores the impacts of gender-based authorship structures [...] Read more.
Open access (OA) publishing is beneficial for researchers to improve recognition, representation, and visibility in academia. However, few studies have been conducted for studying the association between gender and OA publishing likelihood. Therefore, the current study explores the impacts of gender-based authorship structures on OA publishing in Vietnamese social sciences and humanities. Bayesian analysis was performed on a dataset of 3122 publications in social sciences and humanities. We found that publications with mixed-gender authorship were most likely to be published under Gold Access terms (26.31–31.65%). In contrast, the likelihood of publications with the solely male or female author(s) was lower. It is also notable that if female researcher(s) held the first-author position in an article of mixed-gender authorship, the publication would be less likely to be published under Gold Access terms (26.31% compared to 31.65% of male-first-author structure). In addition, publications written by a solo female author (14.19%) or a group of female authors (10.72%) had lower OA publishing probabilities than those written by a solely male author(s) (17.14%). These findings hint at the possible advantage of gender diversity and the disadvantage of gender homophily (especially female-only authorship) on OA publishing likelihood. Moreover, they show there might be some negative impacts of gender inequality on OA publishing. As a result, the notion of gender diversity, financial and policy supports are recommended to promote the open science movement. Full article
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