Submission Demand in Core Economics Journals: A Panel Study

Economic Inquiry, Forthcoming

43 Pages Posted: 18 Aug 2015

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Yuqing Zheng

University of Kentucky - College of Agriculture - Department of Agricultural Economics

Harry M. Kaiser

Cornell University - School of Applied Economics and Management

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Date Written: August 16, 2015

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Zheng, Yuqing and Kaiser, Harry M., Submission Demand in Core Economics Journals: A Panel Study (August 16, 2015). Economic Inquiry, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2645404

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Harry M. Kaiser

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