2016 Year in Review (and the Most-Viewed Post!)

The Political Methodologist is still in a transitional period, with the search for a new editorial team (and possibly a new publication structure) still ongoing. But 2016 was a great year for new work in TPM, and that’s been reflected in our readership statistics.

In 2016, articles in The Political Methodologist were viewed 46,807 times by 34,324 unique visitors:


This is slightly less than our viewership for the 2015 year (52,000 views and 37,800 visitors) but still an excellent performance and reflective of the important role that TPM plays as an outlet for discussion of topical and practical issues of interest to the political methodology community.

Our special issue on peer review was a big part of the new content on TPM, and indeed our most viewed post for 2016 came from this special issue. With 3319 views in 2016 (and December of 2015, when the post was originally made), “An Editor’s Thoughts on the Peer Review Process” by Sara McLaughlin Mitchell is the most-viewed post on The Political Methodologist in 2016. Congratulations!

I also wish to acknowledge that “Making High-Resolution Graphics for Academic Publishing” by Thomas Leeper (originally posted in 2013) is still by far the most popular post on TPM, garnering 20,168 views in 2016 alone. There is no official award or recognition for this distinction, but it is pretty amazing.

On behalf of the (now prior) editorial team, thanks to everyone who contributed to The Political Methodologist under our editorship!

About Justin Esarey

Associate Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Wake Forest University.
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