WIMIR: An informetric study on women authors in ISMIR

Xiao Hu, Kahyun Choi, Jin Ha Lee, Audrey Laplante, Yun Hao, Sally Jo Cunningham, J. Stephen Downie

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Abstract

The Music Information Retrieval (MIR) community is becoming increasingly aware of a gender imbalance evident in ISMIR participation and publication. This paper reports upon a comprehensive informetric study of the publication, authorship and citation characteristics of female researchers in the context of the ISMIR conferences. All 1,610 papers in the ISMIR proceedings written by 1,910 unique authors from 2000 to 2015 were collected and analyzed. Only 14.1% of all papers were led by female researchers. Temporal analysis shows that the percentage of lead female authors has not improved over the years, but more papers have appeared with female coauthors in very recent years. Topics and citation numbers are also analyzed and compared between female and male authors to identify research emphasis and to measure impact. The results show that the most prolific authors of both genders published similar numbers of ISMIR papers and the citation counts of lead authors in both genders had no significant difference. We also analyzed the collaboration patterns to discover whether gender is related to the number of collaborators. Implications of these findings are discussed and suggestions are proposed on how to continue encouraging and supporting female participation in the MIR field.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 17th International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference, ISMIR 2016
EditorsMichael I. Mandel, Johanna Devaney, Douglas Turnbull, George Tzanetakis
PublisherInternational Society for Music Information Retrieval
Pages765-771
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9780692755068
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016
Event17th International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference, ISMIR 2016 - New York, United States
Duration: Aug 7 2016Aug 11 2016

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 17th International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference, ISMIR 2016

Conference

Conference17th International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference, ISMIR 2016
CountryUnited States
CityNew York
Period8/7/168/11/16

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Music
  • Information Systems

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    Hu, X., Choi, K., Lee, J. H., Laplante, A., Hao, Y., Cunningham, S. J., & Downie, J. S. (2016). WIMIR: An informetric study on women authors in ISMIR. In M. I. Mandel, J. Devaney, D. Turnbull, & G. Tzanetakis (Eds.), Proceedings of the 17th International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference, ISMIR 2016 (pp. 765-771). (Proceedings of the 17th International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference, ISMIR 2016). International Society for Music Information Retrieval.