Submission Demand in Core Economics Journals: A Panel Study
Economic Inquiry, Forthcoming
43 Pages Posted: 18 Aug 2015
Date Written: August 16, 2015
We estimated the demand for submissions for the market for core economics journals using unique panel data on submissions for 2008 and 2013. We found that in determining which journals to submit a manuscript to, authors care about submission fee, journal quality as measured by rank and impact factor, and journal usages by authors (citations) and subscribers (library subscriptions). The finding on network effect running from libraries to authors may help justify the practice of open-access journals, where subscription is free, but authors pay a hefty fee after manuscript acceptance. Our findings indicate that a $100 increase in submission fee can reduce the number of yearly submissions by up to 36 (or an elasticity of -0.11). General-interest journals tend to receive a larger number of manuscript submissions while surprisingly the top five economics journals do not.
Keywords: demand, economics journals, reviewer fee, submission, submission fee
JEL Classification: L82, C21, A10
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