The representation of women in publication: An analysis of Political Communication and the International Journal of Press/Politics

Heather K. Evans, Erik P. Bucy

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Abstract

Scholarly publication in peer-reviewed journals is widely regarded as the road to scholarly success. However, in a diversity of fields such as sociology, economics, and political science, it has been shown that the rate of publication is much lower for women than for men. The question of whether a systematic relationship exists between gender and research methods has also frequently been debated. In this paper, we explore patterns of authorship and scholarship in two influential interdisciplinary journals, Political Communication and the International Journal of Press/Politics, over the last decade. A systematic content analysis was conducted to determine the gender ratio of authors, the methods and theories employed, and the ratio of quantitative to qualitative research studies. In addition, we tracked the use of primary or secondary data sources and the prevalence of research funding by gender. Overall, we find that while women are publishing less than men, their rate of publication is somewhat higher than their representation in the field.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)295-301
Number of pages7
JournalPS - Political Science and Politics
Volume43
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2010

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