Asian Journal of Criminology

, Volume 13, Issue 3, pp 231–249 | Cite as

Internationality of Women Specialty Journals: Content Analysis and Survey of Editors

  • Bitna KimEmail author
  • Alida V. Merlo
  • Chungyeon Seo


In the USA, in criminology and criminal justice, the women specialty journals, Feminist Criminology, Violence Against Women, and Women and Criminal Justice, have played a key role as outlets for research on women and crime. The current study examined the internationality—presently a significant criterion used to measure the quality of scholarly journals—of these women specialty journals. In order to measure their level of internationality, two indicators are studied: (1) geographic diversity of editorial boards and (2) the patterns (frequency, countries, international collaborations, and thematic directions) of the foreign-authored articles between 2010 and 2016. The authors also conducted a survey of the editors of the three women specialty journals to identify trends in international submissions as well as editors’ perceptions of the internationalization of their journals. The results of this study confirm that the three women specialty journals are becoming more international. Finally, recommendations to encourage international diversity of editorial boards and authorships, especially from East Asia, are discussed.


Internationality Journals East Asia Content analysis Editors 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Criminology and Criminal JusticeIndiana University of PennsylvaniaIndianaUSA

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