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Michelle Dion’s research on gender & citations highlighted by IHE

Dr. Dion and coauthors examine the citation practices in a range of journals, finding that male authors cite work by women less, even when women are a majority of researchers in the field.

Aug 16, 2018

Michelle Dion, Jane Sumner, and Sara Mitchell recently published their paper, “Gendered Citation Patterns across Political Science and Social Science Methodology Fields,” in Political Analysis, a high-impact journal in political science. In the paper, they compare the gender of article authors to the gender of the authors that they reference or cite. To account for variation in the proportion of women in a field, they compare citation practices in journals with both high and low proportions of female authors.

The piece was accompanied by five responses by prominent researchers and journal editors, and has been cited as a motivation for at least one journal to revise its policies to encourage authors to cite more female authors.

You can read more about the research in an interview with the authors and in an article published by Inside Higher Education about this work.

Dr. Dion and her co-authors will also be leading a team at the American Political Science Association’s Diversity Hackathon in Boston during its Annual Meeting later this month. They will also be presenting follow up research on this topic during the one day mini-conference during the meeting entitled, “State of the Discipline in the Era of Democratic Discontent.”