Thank you for exploring this work. I did have some thoughts. First, since you only interview women, I do wonder how this really differs from men. Is this unique to women? Or are some of these findings apply to all academics? That was my immediate thought.
First, kudos on submitting (and having accepted) a thesis project study. I’ve been following #academictwitter and several female faculty across disciplines since March 2020. It’s hard hearing the stories of my academic sisters. If you currently aren’t part of that conversation, I encourage you to follow it. Future research could involve social listening on Twitter to tap into prevalence and nuanced themes across a broader sample. Many female STEM academics have discouraging stories to tell. I’ve also noticed that they research/publish on this topic.
This type of research is much needed and represents a first step. I’ve been trying to model to my younger colleagues (and grad students) the value of self-citation as 1) you’ve got great stuff – cite it as applicable and 2) self-citation shows a research agenda which is important for annual evaluations and P&T. This past year in my annual evaluations (for the first time), I put the number of citations to my work and the journal impact factor for the articles in the review period (3 yrs).
I would also encourage young scholars to work with their university marketing communications office to promote their work to industry and media outlets.