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Women’s studies: bibliometric and content analysis of the formative years

Blaise Cronin (School of Library and Information Science, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405‐1801, USA)
Anna Martinson (School of Library and Information Science, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405‐1801, USA)
Elisabeth Davenport (Communication and Information Studies Department, Queen Margaret College, Clerwood Terrace, Edinburgh EH12 8TS)

Journal of Documentation

ISSN: 0022-0418

Article publication date: 1 May 1997

Abstract

Women‘s studies has emerged as a recognised academic specialty in recent years. We explored the social structure of the field by analysing bibliometrically all scholarly articles (n = 1,302) and acknowledgements (n = 595) appearing in three pioneering journals over a twenty year period. We analysed authors (n = 1,504) and acknowledgees (n = 3,252) in terms of gender. We also conducted a content analysis of all editorial statements (n = 135) published by the three journals. Our results demonstrate the highly gendered nature of the field and the incompatibility of its publicly stated objectives.

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Cronin, B., Martinson, A. and Davenport, E. (1997), "Women’s studies: bibliometric and content analysis of the formative years", Journal of Documentation, Vol. 53 No. 2, pp. 123-138. https://doi.org/10.1108/EUM0000000007196

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