> Hey Dan, I heard a rumor that you're rejecting articles for an unbalanced male:female citation ratio. Is this true?
Totally false. We include this boilerplate language starting from R&Rs on:
"Note also that International Studies Quarterly is committed to ensuring that scholars receive appropriate intellectual acknowledgement regardless of race, gender, class, professional standing, or other categorical attributes. Please pay particular attention to this issue when revising your citations for overlooked authors and literatures."
We not infrequently prod authors on the gender 'citation gap', particularly if the citations seem really skewed. This happens at the conditional-accept and acceptance stages. But we mostly want authors to make a good faith effort, especially in the context of other things we like (such as reaching out more to related literatures). We recognize that the literature often "is what it is" and we don't want people citing irrelevant work just to make the optics better.
****But to repeat, we *never* reject a piece for citation ratios. When we really push authors, we start doing so at the conditional-acceptance stage.****