Gender Studies research culture


The domain of Gender Studies consists of very broad areas of interdisciplinary research focusing on gender and feminism. It uses approaches drawn from literary theory, art history, media studies, post-colonial studies, philosophy and broad swathes of the social sciences to study contemporary and historical phenomena related to gender and feminism. Gender Studies actively maintains links with other domains and its research culture consequently displays strong similarities with them, as well as its own specific features. Gender Studies encompasses diverse theoretical approaches and research traditions and is closely engaged in contemporary debates and trends. The research school NOG functions as a network and is responsible for PhD programmes and communication in the domain.


Target groups

Gender Studies is very internationally oriented; in addition, it is closely concerned with Dutch debates and practices associated with gender and feminism. There is lively interaction and communication between the domain and differing segments of Dutch society. This takes the form of books, articles in journals, essays in edited volumes, blogs and participation in public debates.


Products and communication

  • Academic publications often take the shape of books and essays in edited volumes, as well as articles in Dutch and international journals. Many of the products are hybrid in nature and target both academic readers and broad groups of interested general readers.
  • Dutch-language publications are an important part of the research. English is the most common language in international publications. Other common languages are German, French, Spanish and Italian.
  • Review processes are important in the context of national and international publications, often taking the form of editorial reviews but also peer reviews. That is true of articles in journals, essays in edited volumes and books.


Processes and strategies

  • Communication with professionals, but above all with a broad group of interested readers, is important. Researchers communicate by producing hybrid publications (including books), participating in public debates, writing articles for popular periodicals (e.g. weeklies) and literary media, and blogging.
  • The most common type of publication is the ‘single-authored publication’. This is especially true of books (monographs), which have a lengthier production time.


Domain-specific aspects of quality and relevance

Hybrid books, participation in public debates, blogs, articles in popular periodicals (e.g. weeklies) and literary media.


Relevance of indicators for products

The NOG panel has authorised various publication channels for journals and books by target group. The multidisciplinary nature of this domain means that indicators authorised by other panels are also relevant. Link to lists


Relevance of quantitative indicators for use and marks of recognition

Bibliometric indicators such as citation analyses are not useful, even if based on Google Scholar. That is because many of the publication channels are not indexed and because reference practices are too diverse.