Gender Gaps in Perceptions of Political Science Journals

36 Pages Posted: 4 Aug 2018 Last revised: 13 Jun 2019

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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: June 12, 2019

Abstract

The gender publication gap puts women at a disadvantage for tenure and promotion, which contributes to the discipline's leaky pipeline. Several studies published in PS find no evidence of gender bias in the review process, and instead suggest that submissions pools are distorted by gender. To make a contribution to this important debate, we fielded an original survey to a sample of APSA members and measured participants' perceptions of political science journals. Results reveal that the gender submission gap is accompanied by a gender perception gap at some, but not all, leading political science journals. Women report that they are more likely to submit to, and get published in, some journals, while men report as such with regard to other journals. Importantly, these gaps are observed even among scholars with the same methodological (quantitative or qualitative) approach.

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 (June 12, 2019). 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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