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Female Articles Read by Students, not by Professors

VU International News and Reviews No. 122 October 22 2018

October 2018

In The Journal of Altmetrics, Mike Thelwall of the University of Wolverhampton shows in “Does Female-authored Research have More Educational Impact than Male-authored Research?” that in a selection of 100 Scopus subject categories, students are more likely to read articles by female authors – who are more often also engaged in teaching besides research.

By contrast, these female-authored articles are less popular among professors and other senior academics. Thelwall used Mendeley to analyse student and faculty readers from Spain, Turkey, the UK, the USA and India. Indian students did not prefer the female-authored articles; Indian and Turkish academics had no clear preference for the male-authored articles.

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