New Medium, Same Story: Gender Gaps in Book Publishing

15 Pages Posted: 6 Dec 2018

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David J. Samuels

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - Department of Political Science

Dawn Teele

University of Pennsylvania

Date Written: November 12, 2018

Abstract

Recent research points to a gender gap in journal article authorship: women are under-represented, especially in journals that publish more quantitative work. Given that publishing a book remains central to many political scientists’ careers, in this paper we explore the extent to which gender publication and citation gaps exist for books. In principle, the gender gap for books might be smaller as they allow greater space for historical, ethnographic or interpretive work, methods that receive less attention in top journals. However, we find that 1) the gender gap in publication of university press books is larger than for journal articles; 2) book authorship patterns do not reflect the shift towards coauthorship observed for journal articles, and 3) that the gender citation gap for books is larger than for articles.

Suggested Citation

Samuels, David J. and Teele, Dawn, New Medium, Same Story: Gender Gaps in Book Publishing (November 12, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3283107 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3283107

David J. Samuels (Contact Author)

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

Minneapolis, MN 55455-0410
United States

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

Dawn Teele

University of Pennsylvania ( email )

Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States

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