Gender Gaps in Perceptions of Political Science Journals
37 Pages Posted: 4 Aug 2018 Last revised: 15 Nov 2018
Date Written: November 14, 2018
The academic pipeline leaks women. In political science, existing studies identify a gender difference in scholarly publication as one reason for women's underrepresentation. A new study by Djupe, Smith, and Sokhey (2018) shows that this publication gap derives in part from the difference in submission patterns. We contribute to this growing debate by revealing gender gaps in perceptions of several political science journals. Based on an original survey administered to a sample of APSA members, we find gender gaps in the perceived likelihood of submitting articles to, and getting published in, several journals. These gaps hold even among scholars with similar methodological orientations. The perception gap is, therefore, closely associated with the submission gap, which in turn affects the publication gap. We argue that social networks in the profession, which are often marked by gender, may evolve different perceptions about journals.
Keywords: gender, professional advancement, publications, research methods
JEL Classification: J16
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