Self-archived articles

I came across an interesting site, Dynamic Ecology, and saw a post on self-archiving of journal articles.The post mentioned SHERPA/RoMEO, which lists archiving policies for many journals. The only journal covered by SHERPA/RoMEO that I have published in that permits self-archiving is PS: Political Science & Politics, so I am linking below to pdfs of PS articles that I have published.

This first article attempts to help graduate students who need seminar paper ideas. The article grew out of a graduate seminar in US voting behavior with David C. Barker. I noticed that several articles on the seminar reading list placed in top-tier journals but made an incremental theoretical contribution and used publicly-available data, which was something that I as a graduate student felt that I could realistically aspire to.

For instance, John R. Petrocik in 1996 provided evidence that candidates and parties “owned” certain issues, such as Democrats owning care for the poor and Republicans owning national defense. Danny Hayes extended that idea by using publicly-available ANES data to provide evidence that candidates and parties owned certain traits, such as Democrats being more compassionate and Republicans being more moral.

The original manuscript identified the Hayes article as a travel-type article in which the traveling is done by analogy. The final version of the manuscript lost the Hayes citation but had 19 other ideas for seminar papers. Ideas on the cutting room floor included replication and picking a fight with another researcher.

Of Publishable Quality: Ideas for Political Science Seminar Papers. 2011. PS: Political Science & Politics 44(3): 629-633.

  1. pdf version, copyright held by American Political Science Association

This next article grew out of reviews that I conducted for friends, colleagues, and journals. I noticed that I kept making the same or similar comments, so I produced a central repository for generalized forms of these comments in the hope that — for example — I do not review any more manuscripts that formally list hypotheses about the control variables.

Rookie Mistakes: Preemptive Comments on Graduate Student Empirical Research Manuscripts. 2013. PS: Political Science & Politics 46(1): 142-146.

  1. pdf version, copyright held by American Political Science Association

The next article grew out of friend and colleague Jonathan Reilly’s dissertation. Jonathan noticed that studies of support for democracy had treated don’t know responses as if the respondents had never been asked the question. So even though 73 percent of respondents in China expressed support for democracy, that figure was reported as 96 percent because don’t know responses were removed from the analysis.

The manuscript initially did not include imputation of preferences for non-substantive responders, but a referee encouraged us to estimate missing preferences. My prior was that multiple imputation was “making stuff up,” but research into missing data methods taught me that the alternative — deletion of cases — assumed that cases were missing at random, which did not appear to be true in our study: the percent of missing cases in a country correlated at -0.30 and -0.43 with the country’s Polity IV democratic rating, which meant that respondents were more likely to issue a non-substantive response in countries where political and social liberties are more restricted.

Don’t Know Much about Democracy: Reporting Survey Data with Non-Substantive Responses. 2012. PS: Political Science & Politics 45(3): 462-467. Second author, with Jonathan Reilly.

  1. pdf version, copyright held by American Political Science Association
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