MPIDR Technical Report

Construction of a publication database of the scientific journal "Demography": how to identify author’s gender and field of publication

Nieberg, V., Krapf, S., Kreyenfeld, M. R., Wolf, K.
MPIDR Technical Report TR-2014-002, 80 pages.
Rostock, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (October 2014)
Revised March 2016


This Technical Report describes a database that has been established for the research project “Gendered authorship and demographic research – An analysis of 50 years of Demography”. In this project, we have investigated whether gender determines field of publication. Our analysis was based on all papers published in “Demography” which is the flagship journal of the Population of America Association (PAA) and currently celebrates its 50th anniversary. We scrutinized all issues of „Demography” and compiled information on title, topic as well as gender of all authors. This Technical Report describes how we set up the resulting database. The Report is accompanied by the respective database (in STATA-format, version 13.0). (Keywords: Demography, gender, publication)

The Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) in Rostock is one of the leading demographic research centers in the world. It's part of the Max Planck Society, the internationally renowned German research society.