No top fives, no worries?

John Gibson 06 June 2014

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Economics is unusual among academic disciplines in the emphasis it places on publication in a narrow set of top journals:

  • For four decades at least, publishing in The American Economic Review, Econometrica, Journal of Political Economy, Quarterly Journal of Economics, or Review of Economic Studies has been viewed as qualitatively different than publishing in other journals.

Many economists and economics departments view their peers as falling into those who have at least one top-five publication and those that don’t.

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Topics:  Education

Tags:  research, publications, academics, journals, top journals

US and them: The geography of academic research

Jishnu Das, Quy-Toan Do 11 February 2014

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The world has globalised massively, but Bardhan (2003) and many others worry that academic publication has not. He asserts that researchers working on countries other than the US do not get a fair deal in the top economic journals. While work by Ellison (2000) documents how publishing in economics has changed over time, it is interesting to ask, at the end of three decades of globalisation, how global journals are today and whether publications in economics have become more representative of the world over time.

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Topics:  Development Frontiers of economic research

Tags:  research, publications, journals

Challenging times in academia

John Hudson 11 November 2013

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The world of academia has changed over the last forty years. In those far-off days university lecturers might write a paper every few years, and this served to sustain their position and reputation. Now, every eight years or so, academics and universities in the UK are subject to an evaluation of their work. This is just one of a number of similar exercises across the world (Abramo et al. 2013). Hence, increasingly, and everywhere, the pressures are on to publish.

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Topics:  Frontiers of economic research

Tags:  economic research, publications, journals, REF

Nine facts about top journals in economics

David Card, Stefano DellaVigna 21 January 2013

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Publications in the top journals have a powerful influence on the direction of research in economics, on the career paths of young researchers (Conley et al. 2011), and on the pay of academic economists. To what extent has the publication process in these journals changed over the past few decades? Remarkably little comprehensive evidence exists on the topic.

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Topics:  Frontiers of economic research

Tags:  research, publications, journals

World-leading economics research in Europe

Andrew J Oswald 24 January 2009

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“Quality that is world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour…comparable to the best work in the field or sub-field whether conducted in the UK or elsewhere. Such work … has become, or is likely to become, a primary point of reference in its field or sub-field.” - Research Assessment Exercise 2008

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Topics:  Frontiers of economic research

Tags:  Europe, UK, publications, Economics research

Evaluating journal performance using inside data

Ivan Cherkashin, Svetlana Demidova, Susumu Imai, Kala Krishna 28 June 2008

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There are many uncertainties associated with publishing in economics. A paper must be written, find sympathetic referees who do not demand impossible revisions, be somehow (and often iteratively) revised to the referees’ satisfaction, be deemed acceptable by the editor, and finally published. At each stage, the process could end abruptly. Authors have horror stories about unfair and untimely rejections and endless rounds of revisions. Editors have their own horror stories about referees and authors from hell with whom they have had to deal.

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Topics:  Frontiers of economic research

Tags:  economic journals, publications, editors

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