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Getting on the Board: The Presence of Women in Political Science Journal Editorial Positions

  • Mary Stegmaier (a1), Barbara Palmer (a2) and Laura van Assendelft (a3)
  • DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1049096511001284
  • Published online: 18 October 2011
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Although the overall representation of women in the field of political science has increased gradually over the last several decades, most gains are being achieved at junior levels. When considering the status of women in the profession, it is instructive to incorporate information on the presence of women in editorial positions at top-ranked political science journals. Our 2010 snapshot of women editors in the top 50 journals in the field finds that on average, women are reasonably well represented in editorial positions in proportion to the ranks they hold in the profession overall and at PhD-granting institutions; however, substantial variation exists across journals. Our discussion of the role-model effect and the gatekeeping power of editors suggests that greater inclusion of women and others who bring different perspectives to research could result in a more vibrant range of research topics and methodological approaches published in a journal.

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