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Gender, age, research experience, leading role and academic productivity of Vietnamese researchers in the social sciences and humanities: exploring a 2008-2017 Scopus dataset

Issue: 43(3) August 2017. Original articles Pages 51 – 55

Quan-Hoang Vuong
Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium;

Tung Manh Ho
Vietnamese Academy of Social Sciences, Hanoi, Vietnam;

Thu-Trang Vuong
Sciences Po Paris, Dijon, France;

Nancy K. Napier
Boise State University, Boise, Idaho, USA;

Hiep Hung Pham
Chinese Culture University, Taipei, Taiwan Republic of China;

Ha Viet Nguyen
Vietnam Panorama Media Monitoring, Hanoi, Vietnam;


Background: Academic productivity has been studied by scholars all round the world for many years. However, in Vietnam, this topic has scarcely been addressed. This research therefore aims at better understanding the correlations between gender, age, research experience, the leading role of corresponding authors, and the total number of their publications in the specific realm of social sciences and humanities.
Methods: The study employed a Scopus dataset with publication profiles of 410 Vietnamese researchers between 2008 and 2017.
Results: Men did not differ from women in academic publications (P=0.827). The proficiency of corresponding authors positively correlated with the number of published papers (rs=0.61, P<0.001). Lastly, the age of lead authors strongly correlated with scientific output (rs=0.74, P<0.001 for authors between 40 and 50 years of age). Conclusion: While scientific output correlated with the author ages and number of articles in which they led, it was not correlated with their gender in Vietnamese social science and humanities authors.

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