Gender Gaps in Perceptions of Political Science Journals
PS: Political Science & Politics, Vol. 53, Issue 1, pp. 114-121, January 2020
36 Pages Posted: 4 Aug 2018 Last revised: 24 Nov 2020
Date Written: June 12, 2019
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
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