The Inside Scoop: Acceptance and Rejection at the Journal of International Economics
There is little work on the inner workings of journals. What factors seem to affect the ability to publish in a journal? Could simple rules (which are already used by some journals) like the desk rejection of a significant minority of papers, help to streamline the process? At what cost? How well do journals seem to do in choosing papers? What can we say about the extent of type 1 and type 2 errors? Do editors seem to have uniform standards or are some harsher than others? We use data on submissions to the Journal of International Economics to help answer these questions.
We are grateful to Daniel Hamermesh, Joris Pinkse, Bee Roberts, Daniel Trefler, James Tybout, Quang Vuong, and Abdullah Yavas for valuable comments, to Eva Drago, Anshul Kumar, Supriya Mishra, and Su-Jen Roberts for able research assistance, to Sergey Lychagin for help with the PERL code for citation extraction, and to Sara Herpolsheimer for journal data preparation. Krishna is grateful to Princeton University for support as a Kenen Research Fellow during 2006-2007. The views expressed here are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the institutions to which they are affiliated, nor those of the National Bureau of Economic Research.
Cherkashin, Ivan & Demidova, Svetlana & Imai, Susumu & Krishna, Kala, 2009. "The inside scoop: Acceptance and rejection at the journal of international economics," Journal of International Economics, Elsevier, vol. 77(1), pages 120-132, February. citation courtesy of