Molly King of Stanford University along with colleagues from NYU and the UW, including Data Science Fellow Jevin West, recently wrote a paper investigating differences in self-citation practices between men and women. Using over 1.5 million papers in the JSTOR database published between 1779-2011, they found that men self-cite 56% more often than women do. This percentage has actually grown (to 70%) in the last twenty years. The authors break down self-citations by discipline as well noting that the gender difference in self-citation is significant across all major academic fields investigated. Such differences can have important consequences for academic career trajectories where citation rates are a common metric used for advancement.
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