Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

Reflections

Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

Reflections

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Dear Editor:

The article "Faculty Research Productivity: Gender and Discipline Differences" (November, 2003) reinforced findings of "Publications and Presentations of Research by Doctoral Degree Recipients" by Carmichael et al., presented in 2000 at the AAFCS annual meeting,

Both studies included the number of research articles by respondents in national journals by gender and area of discipline. One focused on doctoral students' and the works they published when they were in graduate school. Second-year faculty member's papers published or accepted was the focus of the other.

Both studies found significant differences by area of discipline. Those in the biological, physical, or agricultural sciences had more articles published than did those in the humanities, social sciences, or human sciences.

Both studies also found a significant difference by gender. Male doctoral students within the biological and physical sciences had published more often than females in these disciplines. Male faculty had published, or been accepted for publication, more often than female faculty.

Both studies included suggestions that could be complementary. "Given the importance of publication productivity for doctoral students' future careers. …

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