Subject ▸ Journals

Turnaround times and acceptance rates in political science journals

It would be great if the psjournals app included information on turnaround times and acceptance rates in political science journals. This is one of the most common requests that I receive from its users, and I could not agree more. These statistics are unfortunately unavailable for many journals. The ones published by Taylor & Francis are now a welcome exception. The publisher has recently started to provide statistics on journal turnaround times and acceptance rates on its website — in separate sections for individual journals.

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Political science journals

This post introduces psjournals — a new dataset on political science journals as well as an R package and a Shiny app that accompany the dataset. If you are looking for quick directions, click here for the package, here for the app. Some might find this dataset useful for teaching, if not for research. However, many are likely to use psjournals for selection purposes — to see where they can submit their manuscript for consideration.

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Google Scholar ranking of political science journals

This blogpost has led to an app that filters data on political science journals, including the journal indexes covered here. Try it out at https://resulumit.shinyapps.io/psjournals. Here is a list of all political science journals in the Social Science Citations Index (SSCI),* ranked according to their h5-index on Google Scholar. Google Scholar provides a similar list of top journals in political science, but this includes only the top 20 journals. I was wondering how the list looked below this number.

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Open access journals in political science

I have created a list of open access journals in political science—journals that make all of their articles freely accessible without delay. Please bear in mind that this is not an exhaustive list and that editorial policies change. If you notice that one or more journals are missing or that one or more existing entries need updating, please send me an email. I would be happy to hear from you.

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Research notes in political science journals

This blogpost has led to an app that filters data on political science journals, including article types. Try it out at https://resulumit.shinyapps.io/psjournals. In addition to ‘regular’ articles, some political science journals publish shorter manuscripts as well. They are often called research notes, but the name, and indeed the format itself, can differ from one journal to another. Yet, this definition, by Public Opinion Quarterly, covers a lot of common ground:

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