Reviewing History and IR Journals: Academic Publication Practices and Dominance in World Society

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    1 Reviewing History and IR Journals: Academic Publication Practices and dominance in World Society Maarten Duijvendak & Jaap de Wilde Groningen, 2016 This article reflects on analyses of academic History journals and International Relations (IR) journals conducted by students in our Research Master’s degree programme on Modern History & International Relations (University of Groningen) from 2010 till 2015. Their reports can be found online on the MHIR programme’s website. This website allows access to 49 reviews of IR and History journals, covering 43different journals in various periods between 2005 and 2014. We made it open access because we hope and expect the reviews will add to the debate about shifts in our disciplines’ publication cultures, the general importance of academic journals for career development and for the identity of our disciplines. The main conclusion of our work may be frustrating for most students worldwide: His-tory and IR journals mainly publish articles written by male U.S.-based scholars. As far as we checked: Caucasian males. Not just in the leading journals, and not just in the U.S.-based journals, but almost all 43 English language journals we investigated show such dominance, most of them up to 80%, others at least more than 50%. Also editorial boards are U.S. dominated, with still low percentage of women almost of 32% (139 out of 438 members of editorial committees and boards). Apparently the road to academic success is to look for a job in the USA and to transgender in case you are female (or use an alias).
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages17
    Publication statusPublished - 18-Nov-2016


    • bibliometric analysis
    • Modern History
    • International Relations
    • Journals

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