B – Women and interdisciplinary research

Rhoten D, Pfirman S. 2007. Women in interdisciplinary science: Exploring preferences and consequences. Research Policy 36(1):56-75

The authors report three studies aimed to investigate gendering and other factors (race, ethnicity) in interdisciplinarity. Particularly, as regards women, the limited data suggest that, overall, women tend to be more interdisciplinary than men and this is probably due to “different gender-based ways of knowing”. Further, the “Matilda Effect” (coined by M.W. Rossiter) in science is cited, as a corollary to the “Matthew Effect” (by R. K. Merton), to underline that women tend to receive less credit for their scientific work than their male colleagues even when they deserve more recognition.