Most read articles in 2019

Check out our top five most read news articles in 2019 about implicit bias, academic protests, publication and gender, climate crisis and sexual harassment.

It’s commonly assumed that men publish much more than women, but what happens when you take a closer look? A study with 91 authors and 879 publications showed that the gender gap almost disappeared when the researchers included staff category, academic background, book chapters and fractionalized authorship in their analysis. We interviewed the researcher in our most popular news article last year. (Illustration: iStockphoto)

Thematically the most read articles deal with different topics of current interest, for example the assumption that men publish much more than women, climate crisis and air travel, an urgent need for research on sexual harassment, stereotypes and implicit bias in academia and protests calling for a revolution in academic values.

Top five stories from 2019 are:

1. When the numbers tell different stories

Men produce twice as many scientific publications as women. At least that’s the long-held assumption. But Lynn Nygaard, a special adviser and doctoral research fellow at PRIO, challenges this widespread belief in her recent article.

2. Voices of protest in academia: The university as a democratic institution is at stake

Values like equality, inclusion and diversity are being stifled by the prevailing management ideology in academia, critics note. “We must create an academic culture of compassion,” says British organizational psychologist Kathryn Waddington.

3. “Too much emphasis on implicit bias impedes gender equality efforts in academia”

Implicit bias – the presence of prejudices and stereotypes in the workplace – has been a topic of discussion both within and outside academia. Does this lead to a focus on the individual that masks embedded structures inhibiting gender equality?

4. Academic travel is cause for concern

With the climate crisis as backdrop, university employees have demanded a reduction in air travel. Could cutting air travel also lead to greater gender equality?

5. New survey indicates urgent need for research on sexual harassment

The results of the national survey on bullying and harassment in Norway’s higher education sector are finally in. But the reasons why harassment occurs remain unclear, according to the Committee for Gender Balance and Diversity in Research.