Female researchers in engineering receive fewer citations, despite producing high-quality research.
« If citations are really the currency of science, women are being short-changed.
In 2015, a Canadian team found female researchers in engineering tend to publish in more influential journals, but their work is less cited.
Now the same team is preparing to publish evidence that women across science cite their own first-authored papers less than men. This is despite their work being cited at a higher rate by their co-authors. They presented the findings at a science indicators conference in Spain last year.
Gita Ghiasi, a fourth-year PhD candidate in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at Concordia University, Québec, led the team. She said their work contributes empirical data to growing research that shows women’s scientific contributions are played down or attributed to their male peers.