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Gender, web presence and scientific productivity in nanoscience and nanotechnology

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  • Hajar Sotudeh

    (Shiraz University)

  • Nahid Khoshian

    (Shiraz University)

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Digital and scientific realms are commonly believed to be gendered. The wide pervasiveness of e-science may result in an interaction between the scientific and digital gender divides, increasing the disparities against women. Selecting web-presence as a manifestation of web activity, and applying a quasi-experimental scientometric method, the present study aims to investigate the effects of the interaction, if any, on web-present females and males compared to web-absent ones in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. The results show that the web-present Nanoscientists are not necessarily superior in their scientific production, though they are higher in their recognition. The web-present females and males are equal in their numbers and productions. Although the female web-present are found to be equal in their recognition to their male counterparts, there is a significant difference between the web-present and web-absent males in this regard, signifying the higher impact of the web on males’ recognition.

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  • Hajar Sotudeh & Nahid Khoshian, 2014. "Gender, web presence and scientific productivity in nanoscience and nanotechnology," Scientometrics, Springer;Akadémiai Kiadó, vol. 99(3), pages 717-736, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:scient:v:99:y:2014:i:3:d:10.1007_s11192-014-1234-6
    DOI: 10.1007/s11192-014-1234-6
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