Do women in science form more diverse research networks than men ?

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Do women in science form more diverse research networks than men ? It is the question Müge Ozman, researcher at Institut Mines-Telecom Business School, Adrián A. Díaz-Faes, Paula Otero-Hermida and Pablo D’Este (Universitat Politècnica de València) answered with an analysis of Spanish biomedical scientists.

 This paper examines the role of gender in the formation of research collaboration networks, by investigating the composition of networks through connections to diverse professional communities. Drawing on an ego network approach, the authors examine gender differences among researchers’ networks in terms of partner diversity, openness and brokerage roles. Conclusion : the results show that women form more diverse networks and brokerage triads than men.