Contributors to the American Sociological Review, 2010


This study examines the profile of the contributors of full-length articles to the American Sociological Review (ASR) in 2010. Examining over a dozen variables, the study compared the findings with both the 2010 regular issues of the v and the American Sociological Review (ASR). Although substantial gender and racial inequalities are observed in all three journals and the disciplines that own those journals, the ASR tends to have more gender and racial representations. Some explanations are provided for this finding. For example, in 2010 women accounted for 29 (36.3%) of the 80 contributors of all full-length articles to the ASR, but only 28 (12.6%) out of 222 contributors to the AER, and 11 (13.9%) of 79 contributors to the APSR. Among other findings in the data are that the APSR tends to publish articles of scholars based in North America. Scholars in a selected group of private and public institutions in the United States tend to have more influence in the pages of the ASR. The most common degree earned by contributors to the ASR is the Ph.D., with over 9 out of every 10 of them having at least one. The Northeast and Midwest regions of the United States awarded almost two-thirds of all degrees earned by contributors to the ASR, and the South awarded only 7 (8.7%) of all degrees. The Northeast and Midwest also employed 53% of the contributors to the ASR.

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Kaba, A. (2015) Contributors to the American Sociological Review, 2010. Sociology Mind, 5, 114-146. doi: 10.4236/sm.2015.52012.

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