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Clearing the Pipeline? Gender and the Review Process at the American Political Science Review

  • Marijke Breuning (a1), Benjamin Isaak Gross (a2), Ayal Feinberg (a1), Melissa Martinez (a1), Ramesh Sharma (a3) and John Ishiyama (a1)...
Abstract

Is the peer-review process at academic journals gendered? The answer to this question has important implications for the advancement of women in the political science profession. However, few studies have had access to data that can evaluate whether the peer-review process is gendered. We investigate this for papers submitted to the American Political Science Review across two editorial teams to identify trends over time. We evaluate overall differences across gender, but we also present more fine-grained data to evaluate gender differences across subfield, methodology, and submitting author’s institutional affiliation and academic rank. Furthermore, we show that prior service as a reviewer is associated with a higher acceptance rate for first-time submitters. We demonstrate that the review process is not gendered. Women’s share of submissions and acceptances has risen but remains lower than their presence in the discipline.

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