Wikipedia gender gap: a scoping review



Palabras clave:

Wikipedia, Scoping review, Online collaboration, Open content, Gender gap, Content gaps, Publication trends, Community engagement, Editing biases


In this scoping review, we portray an examination of the gender gap on Wikipedia by analyzing scholarly literature from 2007 to 2022. Employing quantitative methods, the study identifies key author characteristics such as gender, disciplines, countries, and institutions. The research reveals a slight majority of female authors, followed by male authors, with limited representation from non-binary authors. Qualitatively, content analysis uncovers two central themes: addressing the contribution gap and incorporating content related to underrepresented genders. Additionally, the study assesses results on the content gap, editing and participation bias, readership imbalances, and strategies to mitigate the gender gap. Furthermore, it explores the repercussions of this gap and categorizes the contributing factors as “the women’s problem,” “the mirror effect,” and “the systemic problem.” Overall, this comprehensive review enhances our comprehension of the Wikipedia gender gap and provides valuable insights into the research landscape in this domain.


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Ferran-Ferrer, N., Boté-Vericad, J.-J., & Minguillón, J. (2023). Wikipedia gender gap: a scoping review. Profesional De La información, 32(6).



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