Mind the (submission) gap: EPSR gender data and female authors publishing perceptions

Carlos Closa, Catherine Moury, Zuzana Novakova, Matt Qvortrup, Beatriz Ribeiro

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The publication pattern of EPSR confirms the findings of established scholarship on gender and publishing; women publish less than men (roughly, 30% to 70%). This gap reflects a previous submission gap; i.e., men submit even much more than women do. EPSR editorial process does not show signs of discrimination: single or leading female authors have significantly lower desk rejection rates than their male counterparts in similar configurations. Women though, are underrepresented as peer reviewers and EPSR has taken measures to redress this situation. Looking at women authors perceptions, findings (that cannot be considered representative), are consistent with existing scholarship. Women authors perceive themselves as more perfectionist and more risk adverse, they also perceive that they can dedicate less time to research, and they express mistrust in the blind review process. As a general conclusion, whilst reversing the gender gap requires structural action beyond and before the editorial process, journal editors must consider forms to secure more extensive women inclusion in publications.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)428–442
Number of pages15
JournalEuropean Political Science
Issue number19
Early online date1 Jan 2020
Publication statusPublished - 14 Apr 2020


  • Female reviewers
  • Gender gap in publications
  • Political science women authors


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