1st Edition

Women in Scholarly Publishing A Gender Perspective

Edited By Anna Kristina Hultgren, Pejman Habibie Copyright 2024
    292 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Women in Scholarly Publishing explores the under-researched topic of gender and scholarly publishing. While often considered separately, the relationship between gender and scholarly publishing has been neglected. Bringing together experts across applied linguistics, this book brings to the fore the challenges and opportunities faced by female academics in both Anglophone and non-Anglophone contexts as they participate in the production and dissemination of knowledge.

    Contributors show how female scholars’ production and dissemination of knowledge intersect with gendered structures and disciplinary cultures in complex ways. The key strands of work that this volume seeks to bring together include essentialism in gender studies and alternative perspectives on how gender should be viewed and studied in knowledge production and dissemination; the specific ways in which the labour and conditions surrounding scholarly publication are gendered or perceived as gendered; the examination of discourses, texts and genres from a gender perspective; and the continuing gendered and gendering impacts on career trajectories of women academics. While women’s barriers are documented across geopolitical contexts, the book also shows how norms, policies and practices can be challenged and alternative futures imagined.

    The book will be of interest to researchers, practitioners, institutional decision-makers, writing mentors, early-career scholars and graduate students in a variety of fields.

    1. Women and the construction and valuing of knowledge in academia

    Anna Kristina Hultgren and Pejman Habibie

    Section I: Discourses and Barriers

    2. Perceived gender inequities in the scholarly publishing process: before, during and after

    Sharon McCulloch

    3. "Women Serve": Discourses, Identities, and Scholarly Publishing Decisions

    Kathleen Vacek

    4. Academic Texts: Gender, Writing, and the Academy

    S. Laurie Hill

    5. Gender and Academic Publishing on the Semi-Periphery: Stories from Iceland

    Birna Arnbjörnsdóttir and Hafdís Ingvarsdóttir

    6. The impact of COVID-19 on scholarly publication practices of Turkish female and male scholars

    Serpil Meri-Yilan

    Section II: Context and Variation

    7. Beyond Essentialism: Situating Gender and Academic Publishing

    Lynn P. Nygaard, Dag W. Aksnes and Fredrik Niclas Piro

    8. Gender differences in South African scholarly output, 2005–2016: Variation across scientific domains

    Heidi Prozesky and Milandré van Lill

    9. When the scales of home and the academy collapse: Gender roles and chronotopes in online discussions of scholarly publishing during the Covid-19 lockdown

    Kate O’Farrell, Maria Kuteeva, Josep Soler

    10. The impact of blurred boundaries on the personal and professional selves of academics: A collaborative autoethnography of challenges faced by Mauritian academics engaged in academic writing during the COVID 19 pandemic

    Rajendra Korlapu-Bungaree, Yesha Mahadeo Doorgakant and Meda Charisma Thondee

    11. Gender, Editorship and Gatekeeping in the Field of Linguistics: An Empirical Study of Academic Handbooks from the 1980s to the 2020s

    Mieke Vandenbroucke, Reinhild Vandekerckhove and Lisa Hilte

    Section III: Agency and Transformation

    12. Making the home a site for slow, caring scholarship: Gendered experiences of writing for publication in Covid-19 times and beyond

    Verity Aiken and Lia Blaj-Ward

    13. Mapping Contours of Gender and Knowledge Production: Towards Scholarly Writing as Gifts of Knowledge

    Mairi McDermott

    14. Technofeminist Editorial Mentoring and the Future of Digital Scholarly Publication

    Kristine L. Blair

    15. Women’s Work: Scholarship, Voice, and Resistance in the Academic Generation of Knowledge

    Linnea Spitzer and Karen Haley

    16. Disrupting structures that disrupt women’s writing

    Rowena Murray

    17. Interrupting caring with care: Writing retreats for academic caregivers

    Kathryn A. Sutherland, Chris Deak, Rhian Salmon and Kate Schick


    Anna Kristina Hultgren is Professor of Sociolinguistics and Applied Linguistics and UKRI Future Leaders Fellow at The Open University, UK. Her work has been published in the Journal of Sociolinguistics, Language in Society, International Journal of Applied Linguistics, and others. Kristina serves on the editorial boards of Applied Linguistics, Journal of English-Medium Instruction, Journal of English for Research Publication Purposes, Journal of Applied Language Studies, and Routledge Studies in English-Medium Instruction.

    Pejman Habibie is Assistant Professor of TESOL at the University of Western Ontario, Canada. He is also a founding co-editor of the Journal of English for Research Publication Purposes and the book series Routledge Studies in English for Research Publication Purposes. His research interests and scholarly publications focus on the geopolitics of knowledge construction and circulation, writing for scholarly publication and academic literacies. His work has been published in international journals such as The Annual Review of Applied Linguistics and The Journal of Second Language Writing, among others.

    "Focusing on the domain of scholarly publishing, this volume pinpoints how gender still creates significant disparities in academia worldwide. Persistent gender inequalities in the academic world have been studied from many perspectives. But the area of publishing – key to academic prestige and power – is conspicuously underresearched. Looking not only on gendered inequalities in publishing, but also on strategies to resist and overcome them in different geopolitical locations, this crucial volume fills an important gap. "

    –Nina Lykke, Professor Emerita, Dr. Phil. Gender Studies, Linköping University, Sweden, and Adjunct Professor, Aarhus University, Denmark

    "Studies continue to point to the ‘masculinist bias’ at work in writing for scholarly publication. Through 18 innovative chapters, Anna Kristina Hultgren and Pejman Habibie’s excellent collection explores the roots of gender inequality in the academy from a range of global and disciplinary perspectives while providing us with hope that the status quo can be challenged.

    The chapters interrogate four intersecting themes that scaffold its architecture: what it means for women to write across discourses and genres; how gender operates as a key aspect of identity work; what constitutes the gendered labour of academic writing; what the gendered impacts of the material conditions of academic work might be. They draw on a range of epistemologies, ontologies and writing styles to open up for scrutiny topics that still remain occluded in today’s academy.

    I encourage novice and more experienced scholars, journal editors and reviewers as well as university colleagues in leadership roles to spend time delving into the richness and complexity of Women in Scholarly Publishing. There is much to be learned."

    –Sue Starfield, Emeritus Professor, University of New South Wales