Contemporary Economic Policy 2010 Editor's Report

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Volume 28 published quarterly in 2010 was comprised of 39 articles (594 pages) contributed by 82 authors and co-authors from a variety of topic areas as defined by the Journal of Economic Literature classification system. Table 1 provides a distribution of articles by JEL topic area.

TABLE 1
2010 Manuscripts Published by JEL* Topic Area Code

                                                   # Artie

JEL *                   Field                     Primary   All
Code                                              Code     Codes

A      General Economics & and Teaching t              1      0

B      Methodology & History of Economic Though        0      0

C      Mathematical & Quantitative Economics           4      4

D      Microeconomics                                  6      7

E      Macroeconomics & Monetary Economics             7      7

F      International Economics                         2      8

G      Financial Economics                             2      3

H      Public Economics                                2      7

I      Health, Education & Welfare                     6      3

J      Labor & Demographic Economics                   1      5

K      Law & Economics                                 1      1

L      Industrial Organization                         o      3

M      Business Administration & Business              0      0
       Economics, Marketing, Accounting

N      Economic History                                0      0

O      Economic Development, Technological             3      5
       Change & Growth

P      Economic Systems                                o      0

Q      Agricultural & Natural Resource                 2      7
       Economics

R      Urban, Rural & Regional Economics               2      2

Z      Other Special Topics                            0      1

       Total                                          39     63

* Journal of Economic Literature.

JOURNAL STATISTICS

Active participation in the annual conferences of the Western Economic Association International is encouraged by editors and members of the editorial board. At the 2010 annual meeting in Portland, Oregon, CEP sponsored 31 sessions out of 281 (11% of the total sessions). I would like to thank co-editor Jack Hou for his efforts in organizing a large number of these sessions. The WEAI conferences provided approximately 17% of our total manuscript submissions for 2010.

During the 2010 publishing cycle 187 manuscripts were submitted for review to CEP. There were 31 manuscripts submitted from the Portland conference and 156 nonconference submissions. At this time, 20 manuscripts have been accepted for publication, 121 rejected with 46 decisions pending. The overall acceptance rate is expected to be approximately 23%.

An important contribution to enhancing the quality of the journal is the refereeing process. CEP uses a double-blind process with the objective of obtaining three referee reports for each manuscript. As Table 2 demonstrates we are making a significant effort to contact referees and make sure that the editorial team has well grounded input in order to make informed decisions regarding the manuscripts. During 2010 we received 413 referee reports that have helped to provide constructive input to improve accepted manuscripts as well as input for authors of rejected manuscripts. Refereeing is also the major challenge in providing timely feedback to authors. During 2010 we requested 741 referee reports. These numbers indicate that we have improved in targeting individuals that are willing and able to review for the journal as our success rate is now over 50%. Individuals who have generously provided their time as referees for the journal are listed in Table 3.

TABLE 2
1998-2010 Manuscript Acquisition and Disposition

              1998-1999  1999-2000  2000-2001  2001-2002  2002-2003

                               SD&                        Seattle &
                  Tahoe     Sydney       Vane         SF     Taipei

Total               158        175        156        184        145
Manuscripts
Submitted

New                  92         78         55         77         42
Conference
manuscripts
w/o fee

New                   2          7         10          5          6
Conference
manuscripts
w/fee

New Non-             54         66         73         88         95
Conference
manuscripts
w/fee

New                 148        151        138        170        143
Submittals

Resubmittals         10         24         18         14          n

Rejected            122        129        114        130         93

Accepted             36         46         42         55         52

Decisions             0          0          0          0          0
Pending

Acceptance       22. …