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Promise and Performance: An Evaluation of Journals in International Relations

Published on Nov 1, 2005in International Studies Perspectives
· DOI :10.1111/j.1528-3577.2005.00220.x
Marijke Breuning16
Estimated H-index: 16
(TSU: Truman State University),
Joseph Bredehoft1
Estimated H-index: 1
(TSU: Truman State University),
Eugene Walton3
Estimated H-index: 3
(Duke University)
Abstract
What kind of international relations research gets published in the field’s most recognized journals? Who are its authors? This study investigates the subject matter, methodology, and origin of recent research published in top international relations journals, building on earlier work that has investigated the contents of journals. This study investigates the contents of three international relations journals— International Studies Quarterly, International Organization , and World Politics — which have been consistently ranked as the top three journals in international relations. Data are for the ten most recent completed volume years, 1995–2004. This study finds that international relations scholarship in these three journals focuses on a relatively narrow range of subjects and is produced by a rather homogeneous group of scholars.
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