Early journal submission data suggests COVID-19 is impacting women’s research output

April 22, 2020

“It’s was easy to foresee: within academe, female professors would bear the professional brunt of social distancing during COVID-19, in the form of decreased research productivity,” writes Collen Flaherty. However, some journal editors are beginning to notice unusual gendered patterns in submissions where women are submitting single-authored papers less frequently since the pandemic, potentially providing early evidence to support the idea of the motherhood penalty. Deputy Editor of the British Journal for the Philosophy of Science Elizabeth Hannon hypothesizes that increased caring and domestic labour during the pandemic may contribute to gendered submission patterns. Hannon notes, though, that her sample size is still too small for anything “particularly meaningful” to be gleaned, suggesting that the downward turn in submissions by women authors could be a “blip,” and submissions numbers could soon normalize as women find ways to cope. Inside Higher Ed (International)