Submission demand in core economics journals: A panel study

Yuqing Zheng, Harry M. Kaiser

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1319-1338
Number of pages20
JournalEconomic Inquiry
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2016

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© 2016 Western Economic Association International.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting (all)
  • Economics and Econometrics


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