Many studies report lower academic productivity among women. But are
women less likely to get their research published in the first place? The
evidence for potential gender bias in publication and impact is mixed.
This article examines the gender dimension of scientific publication in
international relations (IR) based on submission data for Journal of Peace
Research for the period 1983–2008. It examines the gender gap in submissions
and explores whether the perceived merit of a research paper
is affected by the gender of the authors and reviewers. It also investigates
whether the gender of the first author influences citation counts. The
data show a clear but declining gender gap. They do not indicate any significant
gender bias in publication success or citations.