New publication: Fakhri Momeni, Fariba Karimi et al.: The many facets of academic mobility and its impact on scholars’ career

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Fakhri Momeni, Fariba Karimi, Philipp Mayr, Isabella Peters, Stefan Dietze: The many facets of academic mobility and its impact on scholars' career, Journal of Informetrics, Volume 16, Issue 2, 2022, 101280,
ISSN 1751-1577,

International mobility in academia can enhance the human and social capital of researchers and consequently their scientific outcome. However, there is still a very limited understanding of the different mobility patterns among scholars with various socio-demographic characteristics. By studying these differences, the authors can detect inequalities in access to scholarly networks across borders, which can cause disparities in scientific advancement. The aim of this study is twofold. First, they investigate to what extent individuals’ factors (e.g., country, career stage, and field of research) associate with the mobility of male and female researchers. Second, they explore the relationship between mobility and scientific activity and impact.

Results show that researchers from North America and Sub-Saharan Africa, particularly female ones, have the lowest, respectively, highest tendency towards international mobility. Having international co-authors increases the probability of international movement.

Across genders, researchers in the Physical sciences have the most and in the Social sciences the least rate of mobility.