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Title: A gender study of the LIS academics' productivity in the UK
Author: Scarman, M.
Awarding Body: University College London (University of London)
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2013
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Abstract:
Understanding research productivity in higher education is an important issue because of the impact it has on both individual advancement and departmental planning and policymaking. To date most of the previous studies have recorded a gender imbalance in productivity especially in science and engineering fields. This study has chosen Library and Information Science (LIS), which is known to be a female dominant discipline, to investigate research productivity and compare its differences between men and women in the UK. This study also investigates the impact of institutional factors on the productivity of academics. With a quantitative approach, this study employs bibliometrics’ methods and techniques for data collection and develops two datasets of people and publications for the analysis. Productivity is measured by collecting the data related to the number of publications, number of citations and h-index of academics. In addition, this study also analyses the subject of the publications and the sub-disciplines that men and women are publishing in. Finally LIS men and women are compared against institutional factors such as affiliations, academic professional level and academic status. The results of the statistical analysis suggest that there are not statistically significant differences between LIS men and women academics’ productivity in the UK. The number of citations of the male academics at reader level is statistically significant compared to women. This has been explained by comparing men’s and women’s length of career in this discipline. This study also found that there is a tendency for men to collaborate more with other men than women while women collaborate with both men and women equally.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.626473  DOI: Not available
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