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Freda B. Lynn

University of Iowa
Department of Sociology and Criminology
W143 Seashore Hall
Iowa City, IA 52245
USA

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Institutional Affiliation: University of Iowa

NBER Working Papers and Publications

March 2020Self-Citation, Cumulative Advantage, and Gender Inequality in Science
with Pierre Azoulay: w26893
In science, self-citation is often interpreted as an act of self-promotion that (artificially) boosts the visibility of one’s prior work in the short term, which could then inflate professional authority in the long term. Recently, in light of research on the gender gap in self-promotion, two, large-scale studies of publications examine if women self-cite less than men. But they arrive at conflicting conclusions; one concludes yes whereas the other, no. We join the debate with an original study of 36 cohorts of life scientists (1970–2005) followed through 2015 (or death or retirement). We track not only the rate of self-citation per unit of past productivity, but also the likelihood of self-citing intellectually distant material and the rate of return on self-citations with respect to a ho...
 
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