Gender Gaps in Perceptions of Political Science Journals

37 Pages Posted: 4 Aug 2018 Last revised: 15 Nov 2018

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Nadia Brown

Purdue University - Department of Political Science & African American Studies Program

Yusaku Horiuchi

Dartmouth College - Department of Government

Mala N. Htun

University of New Mexico - Department of Political Science

David J. Samuels

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - Department of Political Science

Date Written: November 14, 2018

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Brown, Nadia and Horiuchi, Yusaku and Htun, Mala N. and Samuels, David J., Gender Gaps in Perceptions of Political Science Journals (November 14, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3225023 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3225023

Nadia Brown

Purdue University - Department of Political Science & African American Studies Program ( email )

West Lafayette, IN
United States

Yusaku Horiuchi

Dartmouth College - Department of Government ( email )

204 Silsby Hall
HB 6108
Hanover, NH 03755
United States

HOME PAGE: http://sites.dartmouth.edu/horiuchi/

Mala N. Htun (Contact Author)

University of New Mexico - Department of Political Science ( email )

Albuquerque, NM
United States

David J. Samuels

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - Department of Political Science ( email )

Minneapolis, MN 55455-0410
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.polisci.umn.edu/~dsamuels/

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