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Introduction: the gendered distribution of authors and reviewers in major European political science journals


This symposium adds to the growing literature on gender differences in authorship and reviews written by male and female scholars in major European political science journals. The contributions capturing European Union Politics (EUP), the Journal of Common Market Studies (JCMS), West European Politics (WEP) and Southern European Society and Politics (SESP) confirm the male dominance in articles published and reviews written. The articles also illustrate that the gender gap in publishing mainly results from a submission gap with male scholars outnumbering female scholars at submission stage. For reviews, there is a double gender gap. Female scholars are less solicited for a review, and if asked to review for a journal, they are more likely to decline the review invitation.

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  1. The gender gap in political science publishing seems to be even wider in books than in journal articles. For instance, Samuels and Teele (2021) find that “women remain underrepresented as book authors relative to their numbers in the discipline” and relative even to their contributions to journals.


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Stockemer, D. Introduction: the gendered distribution of authors and reviewers in major European political science journals. Eur Polit Sci 21, 413–416 (2022).

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