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Ranking Scholarly Publishers in Political Science: An Alternative Approach

Published on Apr 1, 2011in PS Political Science & Politics 1.34
· DOI :10.1017/S1049096511000229
James C. Garand25
Estimated H-index: 25
(LSU: Louisiana State University),
Micheal W. Giles19
Estimated H-index: 19
(Emory University)
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Abstract
Previous research has documented how political scientists evaluate and rank scholarly journals, but the evaluation and ranking of scholarly book publishers has drawn less attention. In this article, we use data from a survey of 603 American political scientists to generate a ranking of scholarly publishers in political science. We used open-ended questions to ask respondents to identify those scholarly publishers (1) to which they would submit “a very strong book manuscript” in their area of expertise, and (2) that they “read regularly or otherwise rely for the best research” in their area of expertise. Based on these results, we created rankings of scholarly presses based on publication and reading preferences. We find that certain high-profile university presses constitute a clear first tier in American political scientists' preference orderings, followed by a mix of university and commercial presses that represent the second tier and beyond. Moreover, we confirm the validity of our approach by comparing the results of our rankings (based on open-ended questions) with results from previous research based on respondents' evaluations and derived from close-ended lists of scholarly presses. Our results demonstrate that the rankings of scholarly publishers are similar for both approaches. These rankings can be used to guide political scientists as they decide where to send their best book-length work.
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Published on Apr 1, 2010in PS Political Science & Politics 1.34
Matthew J. Moore2
Estimated H-index: 2
(California Polytechnic State University)
Reports the results of a 2008 survey of 1,086 political theorists at accredited, four-year institutions in the U.S.
Published on Oct 1, 2009in PS Political Science & Politics 1.34
James C. Garand25
Estimated H-index: 25
(LSU: Louisiana State University),
Micheal W. Giles19
Estimated H-index: 19
(Emory University)
+ 1 AuthorsIain McLean23
Estimated H-index: 23
(Nuffield College)
ABSTRACT Inthisarticlewereporttheresultsfromanewsurveyofpoliticalscientistsregard-ingtheirevaluationsofjournalsinthepoliticalsciencediscipline.UnlikepreviousresearchthathasfocusedondatafromtheUnitedStates,weconductedanInternetsurveyofpolit-icalscientistsintheUnitedStates,Canada,andtheUnitedKingdom.Wepresentdataonjournalevaluations,journalfamiliarity,andjournalimpact,bothforourentiresample( N =1,695)andseparatelyforrespondentsfromeachofthethreecountries.Wedocumenttheoverallhierarchyofscholarlyjou...
Published on Oct 1, 2007in PS Political Science & Politics 1.34
Micheal W. Giles19
Estimated H-index: 19
(Emory University),
James C. Garand25
Estimated H-index: 25
(LSU: Louisiana State University)
A cademic journals play a key role in the dissemination of scholarly knowledge in the social sciences. Hence, publication in journals is critical evidence of scholarly performance for both individuals and the departments that they populate. While in the best of worlds each scholar’s performance would be evaluated based on a close reading of his0her published journal articles, in the actual practices of hiring, tenure and promotion review, and departmental evaluations this ideal is often honored ...
Published on Jan 1, 2007in PS Political Science & Politics 1.34
Natalie Masuoka12
Estimated H-index: 12
(UCI: University of California, Irvine),
Bernard Grofman44
Estimated H-index: 44
(UCI: University of California, Irvine),
Scott L. Feld26
Estimated H-index: 26
(Purdue University)
T his essay is the first of a planned three-part series dealing with quantitative indicators of continuity and change in the political science discipline, focusing on the period since 1960. The series is inspired by the work of Somit and Tanenhaus ~1967! which presented reputational rankings of both departments and individuals. For this series of essays, we created a unique database in which we recorded cumulative citation counts between 1960–2005 for all regular faculty members of U.S. Ph.D.-gr...
Published on Nov 1, 2005in The Journal of Politics 2.49
James C. Garand25
Estimated H-index: 25
(LSU: Louisiana State University)
Political science is generally thought of as a discipline with strong divisions and often intense patterns of disagreement, most of which are driven by political scientists’ subfield and methodological orientations. In this address I explore subfield and methodological cleavages in political science as they relate to patterns of scholarly communication—in particular, in how political scientists differ in the value that they give to various political science journals. Using survey data on politic...
Published on Apr 1, 2003in PS Political Science & Politics 1.34
James C. Garand25
Estimated H-index: 25
,
Micheal W. Giles19
Estimated H-index: 19
A long with books, scholarly journals constitute the primary media through which political scientists communicate the results of their research to their discipline. However, not all journals are created equal. There is a hierarchy of scholarly journals in political science, with some journals being highly respected and others less so. Articles published in the most highly regarded journals presumably go through a rigorous process of peer review and a competition for scarce space that results in ...
Published on Jun 1, 1999in PS Political Science & Politics 1.34
Larry P. Goodson1
Estimated H-index: 1
(The: American University in Cairo),
Bradford Dillman7
Estimated H-index: 7
(Koç University),
Anil Hira1
Estimated H-index: 1
(Tulane University)
Numerous studies in political science have rated and evaluated various elements of importance to the discipline, including graduate programs, journal quality, and even the contribution of individuals within the discipline itself. We could not discover, however, any study evaluating the quality of academic book publishers in political science. Yet, as we have witnessed in tenure and promotion cases, in hiring decisions, in departmental gossip, and at APSA meetings and other professional gathering...
Published on Sep 1, 1991in PS Political Science & Politics 1.34
Ivor Crewe17
Estimated H-index: 17
(University of Essex),
Pippa Norris57
Estimated H-index: 57
(Edin.: University of Edinburgh)
regarded by a jury who undoubtedly knew its own mind when it came to pornography (Alexander v. United States, 271 F.2d 140 (8th Cir. 1959)). Similarly, the university political science professor who testified on the effects of hair length in public schools may have ventured beyond his area of expertise; at least so thought the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals (Karr v. Schmidt, 460 F.2d 609, 612-613 (5th Cir. 1972)). Nevertheless, political scientists generally have been respectfully received in mo...
Published on Sep 1, 1990in PS Political Science & Politics 1.34
James C. Garand25
Estimated H-index: 25
(LSU: Louisiana State University)
In their recent article in PS, Giles, Mizell, and Patterson (1989) provide a long-awaited update of an earlier article (Giles and Wright, 1975) on subjective evaluations by political scientists of a wide range of social science journals. In both articles, Giles and his collaborators sent questionnaires to a random sample of political scientists, asking them to rate each of the journals with which they were familiar on a scale from 0 to 10 with 0 = poor, 2 = fair, 4 = adequate, 6 = good, 8 = very...
Published on Sep 1, 1989in PS Political Science & Politics 1.34
Micheal W. Giles19
Estimated H-index: 19
(Emory University),
Francie Mizell2
Estimated H-index: 2
(Emory University),
David Patterson2
Estimated H-index: 2
(Emory University)
Refereed journals are a principal means of communication within the scholarly community. Accordingly, publication in refereed journals is taken as a sino quo non for success within the discipline. Tenure and promotion decisions and salary increases are influenced by the number of articles which a professor has published and the importance of the journals in their work has appeared. While more objective means have been suggested (Christenson and Sigelman, 1985), subjective judgments of the qualit...
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Published on Nov 19, 2018
Amalia Mas-Bleda5
Estimated H-index: 5
(University of Wolverhampton),
Mike Thelwall61
Estimated H-index: 61
(University of Wolverhampton)
Purpose The purpose of this paper is to assess the educational value of prestigious and productive Spanish scholarly publishers based on mentions of their books in online scholarly syllabi. Design/methodology/approach Syllabus mentions of 15,117 books from 27 publishers were searched for, manually checked and compared with Microsoft Academic (MA) citations. Findings Most books published by Ariel, Sintesis, Tecnos and Catedra have been mentioned in at least one online syllabus, indicating that th...
Published on Aug 1, 2018in Social Science Journal 1.07
TatalovichRaymond14
Estimated H-index: 14
(LUC: Loyola University Chicago),
John P. Frendreis12
Estimated H-index: 12
(LUC: Loyola University Chicago)
Abstract This study has two objectives: to rank order the top ten publishers of all 609 “best book” awards by APSA sections from 1985 to 2016 and to show using multiple regression analysis which variables best explain why some award-winning volumes receive more scholarly citations than other books. Our dependent variable is average yearly citation counts from copyright date to 2017, and five independent variables were tested in the analysis: (1) prestige ranking of the publisher; (2) number of a...
Published on Dec 29, 2017in The Electronic Library 0.89
K.N. Rao1
Estimated H-index: 1
(JNU: Jawaharlal Nehru University),
Sunil Kumar3
Estimated H-index: 3
(IGNOU: Indira Gandhi National Open University),
Manorama Tripathi1
Estimated H-index: 1
(JNU: Jawaharlal Nehru University)
Purpose The purpose of this paper is to compare the prices of print and electronic versions of the same scholarly titles charged from a university library. This study also examines whether preferences for print or electronic formats differ with disciplines and whether high preferences for the electronic version in particular disciplines lead to tagging of high prices for e-books in those disciplines. This study evaluates association in prices of e-books and their print versions for scholarly boo...
Published on Apr 1, 2017in Research Evaluation 2.88
Elea Giménez-Toledo7
Estimated H-index: 7
(CSIC: Spanish National Research Council),
Jorge Mañana-Rodríguez7
Estimated H-index: 7
(CSIC: Spanish National Research Council),
Gunnar Sivertsen13
Estimated H-index: 13
Published on Dec 1, 2016
Kayvan Kousha22
Estimated H-index: 22
(University of Wolverhampton),
Mike Thelwall61
Estimated H-index: 61
(University of Wolverhampton)
Scholars writing books that are widely used to support teaching in higher education may be undervalued because of a lack of evidence of teaching value. Although sales data may give credible evidence for textbooks, these data may poorly reflect educational uses of other types of books. As an alternative, this article proposes a method to search automatically for mentions of books in online academic course syllabi based on Bing searches for syllabi mentioning a given book, filtering out false matc...
Abstract In recent years there has been an increasing demand for research evaluation within universities and other research-based organisations. In parallel, there has been an increasing recognition that traditional citation-based indicators are not able to reflect the societal impacts of research and are slow to appear. This has led to the creation of new indicators for different types of research impact as well as timelier indicators, mainly derived from the Web. These indicators have been cal...
Published on May 1, 2016in Policy Studies Journal 3.92
Bridget K. Fahey1
Estimated H-index: 1
(SU: Syracuse University),
Sarah Pralle7
Estimated H-index: 7
Using a large sample of articles and books published between 2012 and 2015, this review shows the recent trends in environmental politics and policy scholarship. Environmental policy scholarship has embraced the concept of governance to explain the variety of actors and institutions that surround environmental problems and solutions. Scholars in the past three years used theories and methods to capture these governing dynamics in far-reaching and complicated issues like climate change. This arti...
Published on Mar 1, 2016
Kayvan Kousha22
Estimated H-index: 22
(University of Wolverhampton),
Mike Thelwall61
Estimated H-index: 61
(University of Wolverhampton)
Although citation counts are often used to evaluate the research impact of academic publications, they are problematic for books that aim for educational or cultural impact. To fill this gap, this article assesses whether a number of simple metrics derived from Amazon.com reviews of academic books could provide evidence of their impact. Based on a set of 2,739 academic monographs from 2008 and a set of 1,305 best-selling books in 15 Amazon.com academic subject categories, the existence of signif...
Alesia Zuccala13
Estimated H-index: 13
(UvA: University of Amsterdam),
Raf Guns10
Estimated H-index: 10
(University of Antwerp)
+ 1 AuthorsRens Bod25
Estimated H-index: 25
(UvA: University of Amsterdam)
This is a publisher ranking study based on a citation data grant from Elsevier, specifically, book titles cited in Scopus history journals (2007-2011) and matching metadata from WorldCat® (i.e., OCLC numbers, ISBN codes, publisher records, and library holding counts). Using both resources, we have created a unique relational database designed to compare citation counts to books with international library holdings or libcitations for scholarly book publishers. First, we construct a ranking of the...
Published on Jan 1, 2015
Paul Wouters25
Estimated H-index: 25
,
Mike Thelwall61
Estimated H-index: 61
+ 3 AuthorsThomas Franssen4
Estimated H-index: 4