Subject ▸ Journals

Google Scholar ranking of political science journals

Here is a list of all political science journals in the Social Science Citations Index (SSCI),1 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. To see that, I have scraped Google Scholar for the journals in SSCI, with the rvest package in R.

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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

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: Research Notes are shorter reports … of single findings, important extensions or replications of previous research, or other major additions to the literature that warrant publication, and which can be communicated effectively without the more extended theoretical development or detailed analysis characteristic of regular articles.

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