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Diversity Out Front

Political science group brings all-female team to academic journal

A major political science journal is taking a new approach—and a key sign of that shift can be seen in the makeup of the American Political Science Review’s (APSR) new editorial team.

For the first time ever—and in a rarity for the world of academic journals—every APSR editor is a woman. That’s intentional according to its parent organization, the American Political Science Association (APSA), which saw an opportunity to take a big step forward with the makeup of its 12-member editorial team.

“In addition to our substantive and methodological breath and expertise, our team is also diverse along lines of race, ethnicity and sexuality,” the incoming editorial team explained on a page announcing their arrival. “In a context of growing evidence of and concerns about the under-representation of women in submissions to the journal and in authorship of APSR articles as well as about structural biases against the publication of scholarship about race, gender and sexuality, the APSA’s selection of our team sends a strong signal about the association leadership’s commitment to structural and cultural changes at the journal and in the discipline more generally.”

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