New Medium, Same Story: Gender Gaps in Book Publishing
15 Pages Posted: 6 Dec 2018
Date Written: November 12, 2018
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.
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