Book Chapter

Who is Publishing What? How Gender Influences Publication


Chapter Authors
Greta Gober, Øystein Gullvåg Holter, Lotta Snickare

Cappelen Damm Akademisk


What is the state of gender equality in science and technology? Gender Equality in Academia – from Understanding to Change presents the results of a comprehensive research project and program of initiatives at the University of Oslo’s Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. Researchers have examined gender equality within the department, looking at reasons for imbalance, and at what occurs when measures to promote equality are implemented.

The book opens with an in-depth study of careers, gender issues and gender balance within academia. The study, based on questionnaires, interviews and follow-up evaluation, provides a new and updated understanding of the daily lives of academics in Norway. Among the topics covered are perceptions of equality and gender balance, effects of male dominance, sexual harassment, gender with respect to publishing, and the relationship between gender and diversity.

In addition to presenting new empirical data, the book is also an innovative contribution to theoretical development within gender equality research. In the second part of the book, the authors present three working models that elucidate current mechanisms recreating gender imbalance, and challenges for gender equality. The book’s final part consists of analyses of measures taken to increase gender equality within the department and their effects, and what an organization can do to increase gender equality.

The range of topics in this book make it relevant for all those concerned with gender equality in research and higher education. Researchers, administrators, students, other practitioners, and politicians will all find this book of interest.

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This chapter examines scholarly publishing within the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at the University of Oslo from a gendered perspective. The ques- tion posed is whether women publish less than men, and if so, why. Based on self- reported publishing volumes, the study applies multivariable methods to investigate the relationship between the number of publications and factors such as position, total worktime and gender. The analyses show that gender has little significance when these other factors are entered into the model. The results are discussed in light of other studies on publishing practices.

Keywords: scholarly publishing, gender differences, multivariable analysis

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About the Author

Greta Gober

Greta Gober, doctor of humanities (in the field of cultural studies), Polish feminist media researcher living and working in Sweden (Stockholm). Greta was a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Leading Research Environment in Global Media Studies and Po... Read more


Gober, G., Gullvåg Holter, Ø. and Snickare, L. (2021). Who is Publishing What? How Gender Influences Publication. In: Ø. Gullvåg Holter and L. Snickare, eds., Gender Equality in Academia – from Understanding to Change, 1st ed. Oslo: Cappelen Damm Akademisk, pp. 99-117.