Identifying the gender dimension in research content

Campbell, D., St-Louis Lalonde, B., Tippett, C., Archambault, É., Callaert, J., Mantouvalou, K., and Arora, L. (2016). Identifying the gender dimension in research content. In: I. Ràfols, J. Molas-Gallart, E. Castro-Martínez, & R. Woolley (Eds.). Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Science and Technology Indicators, pp. 832–843, Valencia, Spain: Editorial Universitat Politècnica de València.


Globally, there is an increasing interest in integrating the gender dimension in research content (GDRC). As a first step towards monitoring progress in this area, a new indicator measuring the proportion of a country’s scientific publications integrating a gender dimension in their subject matter was developed for the European Commission’s She Figures 2015 publication. This indicator is based on a keyword-based query covering both sex-related terms (biological characteristics of both women and men) and gender-related terms (social/cultural factors of both women and men). The final GDRC dataset consisted of some 212,600 distinct publications including a gender dimension in their research content. Findings suggest that integrating a gender dimension into research content is relatively rare. Unsurprisingly, it was less common for scientific articles in the fields of agricultural sciences, engineering and technology, and natural sciences to do so, and more common in the social sciences.

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