The First Six Years of JESS: Categorizing Authors and Topics

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A variety of studies note that who and what are published in academic journals can affect individual careers, gender and geographic biases, readership and impact of particular journals, how articles are assigned, and other issues. The Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences (JESS) is an important new journal due to its foci, the growing number of environmental science and studies graduate and undergraduate programs, the journal’s stated intent to be multi- and interdisciplinary, and its link to the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences. This short article examines the gender and institutional location of authors published in the first six volumes of JESS (2011–2016), the gender of authors of the books reviewed in the journal, the breakdown of natural science versus social science articles, and the percentage of articles that examine issues related to climate change and teaching. It does so to gather information that might assist JESS improve intellectually or instrumentally and to provide comparison data for similar studies of other journals.


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Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences

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David Downie, Austin Chinal, Ryan Fritz, Natalie Intemann, and Kayla Urbanowski, "The First Six Years of JESS: Categorizing Authors and Topics." Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences. 7(4) (December 2017). DOI: 10.1007/s13412-017-0448-3. (David Downie's co-authors were Fairfield University students)