This is an interesting article about the underrepresentation of women authors in political science journals.
“Gender Gap Without Gender Bias?” by Colleen Flaherty. Inside Higher Ed, June 12, 2018.
The authors of a recent study on this issue explored different explanations for this trend, including the following:
- systemic gender bias in the review process favouring men authors,
- women authors self-selecting out of top-notch journals,
- underconfidence of women authors,
- underrepresentation of women in co-authored articles, which were the articles most often sent out for review,
- women scholars often engaging in qualitative research while flagship journals privilege publication of quantitative/statistical studies,
- women political scientists submitting fewer articles for review.
In the end, it would appear that all of these factors are in some way at play. It would be interesting to find out whether these considerations unfold similarly in other social science fields. In any case, the key message that comes from this is that we still have work to do to reduce the gender gap in academic publishing.