Building the Scientific Basis of the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity

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Abstract

The Psychology of Men & Masculinity (PMM) plays a vital role in advancing the psychological study of men and masculinity. However, how is the journal performing relative to its peer journals, and what are its most impactful articles? To answer these questions, I compared PMM's 2010–2013 scores on 4 indices associated with the Journal Impact Factor (IF) with the scores of 72 sex- and gender-related journals. Although PMM's IF was at or above the average of its peers, its IF without Self-Cites was consistently below the average of its peers. PMM's 5-year IF fared better than the average of its peers, with z-scores ranging from 0.226–0.720. The most cited articles included psychometric reports, theoretical articles, and articles on men's body-image. I offer suggestions to help bolster PMM's impact, including the importance of using unique keywords to increase the likelihood of articles being retrieved during database searches and welcoming brief reports as an efficient means for conveying research that will be cited.

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