No Tickets for Women in the COVID-19 Race? A Study on Manuscript Submissions and Reviews in 2347 Elsevier Journals during the Pandemic

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Flaminio Squazzoni

University of Milan

Giangiacomo Bravo

Linnaeus University

Francisco Grimaldo

Departament d'Informàtica - Universitat de València

Daniel Garcıa-Costa

University of Valencia

Mike Farjam

Linnaeus University

Bahar Mehmani

Elsevier

Date Written: October 16, 2020

Abstract

During the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, the submission rate to scholarly journals increased abnormally (e.g., more than 90% in health & medicine Elsevier journals). Given that most academics have been forced to work from home, the competing demands for home-schooling, child and other care duties might have penalised the scientific productivity of women. To test this hypothesis, we looked at submitted manuscripts and peer review activities for all Elsevier journals between February and May 2018-2020, including data on almost 6 million academics. Results showed that women submitted proportionally fewer manuscripts than men during the COVID-19 lockdown months. This deficit was especially pronounced among women in more advanced stages of their career. The rate of the peer-review invitation acceptance showed a less pronounced gender pattern, with the exception of health & medicine, where women were also less keen to accept reviewing. Our findings indicate that the pandemic has already created cumulative advantages for men.

Keywords: COVID-19, Scholarly Journals, Manuscripts, Gender Penalties, Peer Review, Elsevier, Science of Science, Pandemic

JEL Classification: J16, 038

Suggested Citation

Squazzoni, Flaminio and Bravo, Giangiacomo and Grimaldo, Francisco and Garcıa-Costa, Daniel and Farjam, Mike and Mehmani, Bahar, No Tickets for Women in the COVID-19 Race? A Study on Manuscript Submissions and Reviews in 2347 Elsevier Journals during the Pandemic (October 16, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3712813 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3712813

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Giangiacomo Bravo

Linnaeus University ( email )

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Francisco Grimaldo

Departament d'Informàtica - Universitat de València ( email )

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Daniel Garcıa-Costa

University of Valencia ( email )

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Valencia, Valencia E-46022
Spain

Mike Farjam

Linnaeus University ( email )

Växjö, S-35195
Sweden

Bahar Mehmani

Elsevier ( email )

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