Gender Gap in Science Statistics (ORCID)

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A recent study by ORCID has found that it appears that, at the publication level, the gender gap in science is reducing! A summary of findings include:

  • Among one million scientists in, 33% are women.
  • In 2001 women scientists were 7% of all researchers mentioned in HighlyCited; the number grew to 13% in 2014.
  • The gender gap in HighlyCited researchers is narrower for social sciences (31% women in 2014) compared to computer science (9% women in 2014).
  • In some fields the gender gap is closing fast: HighlyCited women engineers were 11% in 2014, up from 1% in 2001; same for mathematics 11% in 2014, up from 4% in 2001.
  • In other fields the gender gap is not closing (example: HighlyCited female researchers in Physics were 4% in 2014, compared to 5% in 2001).

ORCID is an open non-profit community driven effort to create and maintain a registry of researchers worldwide. More on the findings here.