How International Is Political Science? Patterns of Submission and Publication in the American Political Science Review
by Marijke Breuning, University of North Texas, Ayal Feinberg, University of North Texas, Benjamin Isaak Gross, Jacksonville State University, Melissa Martinez, University of North Texas, Ramesh Sharma, Independent Data Analytics Consultant, and John Ishiyama, University of North Texas
The internationalization of political science has resulted in the inclusion of scholars from an increasingly wider range of countries across the globe into the field and its professional societies. However, this has not resulted in a more internationally diverse authorship of articles in the most prestigious journals in political science.
We investigated whether the review process influences this outcome. To do so, we examined the pattern of submissions and acceptances to one of the most prestigious journals in political science, the American Political Science Review. We found that scholars from the US and other global north countries are published roughly in proportion to the manuscripts they submit, whereas manuscript by scholars from the global south fare distinctly less well. In addition, articles by scholars who are affiliated with prestigious universities are overrepresented relative to their submitted manuscripts.
In sum, manuscripts by scholars who are not affiliated with top-ranked, global north universities rarely make it through the review process. As a result, the most prestigious journals in political science continue to be dominated by scholars from the US and other global north countries.