Effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on academic productivity
Sustainable Development Goals: 3, 4
- SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-Being
- SDG 4 - Quality Education
Thus far, the literature on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on academic productivity has concluded that parents of young children, especially mothers, have see their time spent on research decline much more compared to men and academics without children or with older children. Studies of publication and pre-print patterns do not find a decrease in average publication levels. Heterogeneity analyses of publication patterns have shown less muted effects than analyses of time use, perhaps because of significant lags between project completion, pre-prints, and publication, or perhaps due to other adjustments impacted researchers made (e.g., decreasing time spent on peer review). Analysis of COVID-19 research has consistently shown that women are less likely to be authors of such papers compared to other papers.