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Women's studies: a bibliometric profile of the formative years.

  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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    30 November 1996

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    HQ The family. Marriage. Woman

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    303 Social processes


Cronin, B., Davenport, E. & Martinson, A. (1996). Women's studies: a bibliometric profile of the formative years. Journal of Documentation. 53, 123-138. doi:10.1108/EUM0000000007196. ISSN 0022-0418



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