Women Publish Less Than Men – German Research Area

The best quality in science can doubtlessly be reached when the full potential of researchers is exhausted, independently of their gender. However, gender inequality in science is still a problem in Europe. A new study from Elsevier shows that women in Germany publish less than men. While woman produced in average 2.07 publications per year in the period of 2010-2014, men produced 2.34. Also the citation impact of their publications is lower. The differences in publication rate and impact are smaller for senior researchers (researchers with more than 10 years since their first publication).

In Germany, the ratio of women in science has increased by around 3 % from 2010 to 2014, but still only 31 % of the researchers are women. Furthermore, the ratio of women amongst senior researchers stayed constant since 2010.