Nonprofit Journals Publication Patterns: Visibility or Invisibility of Gender?

Publication patterns contribute to a cyclical pattern—what gets written influences what gets read, taught, cited, and pursued for further research. This study examined 30 years of scholarship in three leading nonprofit journals for trends in how women, men, and gender (WMG) are included in “front page” material (titles, abstracts, keywords). The study highlights promising improvements in the inclusion of women as both subject focus and scholars. While only a small portion of the front page sections listed attention to WMG, women are more likely to be an identified focus/finding than men, and WMG articles are more likely to have a woman first author. The research also found that WMG articles are more likely to be in three key areas: volunteering, fundraising, and board/governance. Attention to WMG in these areas is notable, but perhaps expected given historical nonprofit gender dynamics. Expansion of attention in other curricular areas would reinforce the importance of equity and inclusion values within nonprofit scholarship.

Publication patterns contribute to a cyclical pattern—what gets written influences what gets read, taught, cited, and pursued for further research. This study examined 30 years of scholarship in three leading nonprofit journals for trends in how women, men, and gender (WMG) are included in “front page” material (titles, abstracts, keywords). The study highlights promising improvements in the inclusion of women as both subject focus and scholars. While only a small portion of the front page sections listed attention to WMG, women are more likely to be an identified focus/finding than men, and WMG articles are more likely to have a woman first author. The research also found that WMG articles are more likely to be in three key areas: volunteering, fundraising, and board/governance. Attention to WMG in these areas is notable, but perhaps expected given historical nonprofit gender dynamics. Expansion of attention in other curricular areas would reinforce the importance of equity and inclusion values within nonprofit scholarship.

File Type: 1007/s11266-022-00470-x
Categories: Academia, Equality, Gender, Nonprofit, Women