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Original scientific paper

Where are the Women: The Ethnic Representation of Women Authors in Philosophy Journals by Regional Affiliation and Specialization

Sherri Lynn Conklin ; Georgia Institute of Technology
Michael Nekrasov ; University of California, Santa Barbara
Jevin West ; University of Washington

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Using bibliographic metadata from 177 Philosophy Journals between 1950 and 2020, this article presents new data on the under- representation of women authors in philosophy journals across decades and across four different compounding factors. First, we examine how philosophy fits in comparison to other academic disciplines. Second, we consider how the regional academic context in which Philosophy Journals operate impacts on author gender proportions. Third, we consider how the regional specialization of a journal impacts on author gender proportions. Fourth, and perhaps most interestingly, we consider the impact of author ethnicity on gender representation, and we examine the breakdown of author ethnicity across Philosophy Journals between 1950 and 2020. To our knowledge, this is the first work to offer an estimate for author ethnicity and gender in philosophy publications using a large- scale data set. We find that women authors are underrepresented in Philosophy Journals across time, across disciplines, across the globe, and regardless of ethnicity.


under-representation; publishing; gender; ethnicity; philosophy journals

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