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Tuesday, 5 July 2016

The article was posted in Nature dot com by Dalmeet singh Chawla on 5th July 2016

Courtesy Nature

Men cite their own papers 56% more than women on average, according to an analysis of 1.5 million studies published between 1779 and 2011.

The analysis looked at papers across disciplines in the digital library JSTOR and found that men’s self-citation rate had risen to 70% more than women’s over the past two decades, despite an increase of women in academia in recent years. Around 10% of a given paper’s references are likely to be self-citations by the paper’s authors regardless of their gender.

What the analysis1, posted on arXiv on 5 July, cannot clarify is whether this trend is a by-product of the under-representation of women in senior academic positions or some separate effect. (Read More)

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