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Political Science Journal Hits 10,000 Downloads Worldwide  

Political Analysis, a scholarly journal run by political science students at Seton Hall,reached 10,000 downloads on June 25.Political Analysis, a scholarly journal run by political science students at Seton Hall and funded by the political science honor society, Pi Sigma Alpha, reached 10,000 downloads on June 25, 2018.

This year's issue, Volume XIX, features articles on President Trump, Nuclear Weapons, Income Inequality, Bitcoin, Education, and Islam.

"Political Analysis is a journal of consistently high quality that features well-written and informative pieces on a range of politics-related topics," said Political Science and Public Affairs Department (PSPA). "The student authors utilize different methodologies and cover diverse subject-matter. The contributions often reflect the end-product of our Senior Seminar class, where students work with a PSPA faculty member to produce a senior thesis."

The journal's executive editor for the 2017/2018 academic year was Rachel Beeman '18, who produced Political Analysis with an editorial board consisting of three other undergraduates: Hadeka Rasul '17, Marina Khagado '18 and Cassidy McManus, now a rising senior. The faculty advisor is Professor Terence Teo.

In existence since 1990 and published annually, the journal migrated to Seton Hall University's eRepository in 2016. The eRepository, as part of the University Libraries, exists as a publishing service for the preservation and dissemination of University scholarly works. The eRepository also reached a milestone last year when it surpassed 2,000,000 downloads worldwide, and is about to hit 2.5 million.

Although Political Analysis is produced and distributed in print as well as the digital version, the digital edition hosted by the eRepository allows for the editorial team to view an analytics dashboard to view where their journal articles are downloaded worldwide. A map identifies the countries that have downloaded Political Analysis articles.

"Students now have metrics about their article readership for their resumes, job interviews or graduate school applications," noted Lisa DeLuca, Co-Manager of the eRepository at the University Libraries. "It is impressive to see that Rasul's article, uploaded in May 2018, has already been read in 37 countries. With the analytics dashboard, students can see the immediate impact of their efforts."

The reach of the journal has grown considerably from when it was first created by Professor Jo-Renee Formicola "as a forum for our best and brightest." The first issue, she says, "was hand-typed and printed at the SHU printing office." Formicola helped the students to produce the journal for about fifteen years, before she passed on the mentorship torch to others in the PSPA department.

According to Beeman, Pi Sigma Alpha has "been generous with its chapter grants," which are used to fund the production costs of the journal. The published papers are often featured at the University's Petersheim Exhibition, as well as the national Pi Sigma Alpha conference in Washington, D.C. This year, Hadeka Rasul and Walla El-Sheikh presented their papers, on Bitcoin regulation and The Nuclear Proliferation Treaty, respectively, at the conference.

"It is essential that we continue to produce Political Analysis each year," said Pallitto. "It provides our students with so many practically useful experiences: publishing a paper, presenting in public and learning the editorial/production process. And of course, the published works themselves add to the public's knowledge about current political issues."

Those interested in starting an academic e-journal can email [email protected].


The following table includes student articles and the number of country downloads.

Article Author Publication Year Country Downloads Article Downloads
Does Bitcoin Need Regulation?: An Analysis of Bitcoin's Decentralized Nature as a Security and Regualtory Concern for Governments Hdeka Rasul 2018 37 143
The Civil Rights Realignment: How Race Dominates Presidential Elections Timothy Hoffman 2015 32 1848
What are the three characteristics of Trumpism?: A Discourse Analysis of Trump's Four Major Campaign Speeches Rachel D. Beeman  2018 25 106
Realism in Action: Obama's Foreign Policy in Afghanistan Timothy Hoffman  2015 20 1058

Top 10 countries downloading Political Analysis articles globally

  Country Downloads Percentage
1 United States 555 45%
2 United Kingdom 123 10%
3 Germany 61 5%
4 Canada 52 4%
5 Australia 41 3%
6 India 29 2%
7 France 26 2%
8 Kenya 15 1%
9 Russian Federation 15 1%
10 China 14 1%

Top 10 institutions downloading Political Analysis articles

  Institution Sector Downloads
1 Seton Hall University Education 17
2 The Bloomsbury Computing Consortium Education 6
3 University of California San Diego Education 6
4 University of New South Wales Education 5
5 University of Sydney Education 5
6 University of Southampton Education 5
7 Uninett AS Commercial 5
8 Banco de Espana Government  4
9 University of Bath Education 4
10 Oxford University Education 4

Those interested in starting an academic e-journal can email [email protected] or contact Sebastian Derry, Assistant Dean for Public Services, University Libraries at [email protected] or 973-275-2058.