Contemporary Economic Policy 2009 Editor's Report

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Volume 27 published quarterly in 2009 was comprised of 41 articles (579 pages) contributed by 86 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

        2009 Manuscripts Published by JEL* Topic Area Code

                                                       # Articles

JEL *                      Field                       Primary  All
Code                                                   Code   Codes

A     General Economics & Teaching                      2       0

B     Methodology & History of Economic Thought         0       0

C     Mathematical & Quantitative Economics             4       5

D     Microeconomics                                    4       5

E     Macroeconomics & Monetary Economics               1       3

F     International Economics                           8       7

G     Financial Economics                               2       2

H     Public Economics                                  3      11

I     Health, Education & Welfare                       3       8

J     Labor & Demographic Economics                     3       9

K     Law & Economics                                   1       3

L     Industrial Organization                           2      11

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

N     Economic History                                  0       0

O     Economic Development. Technological Change &      4       5
      Growth

P     Economic Systems                                  0       2

Q     Agricultural & Natural Resource Economics         4      11

R     Urban. Rural & Regional Economics                 0       3

Z     Other Special Topics Total                        0       3

      Total                                            41      88

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 2009 annual meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, CEP sponsored 16 sessions out of 238 (7% of the total sessions). At the 2009 Pacific Rim Conference in Kyoto, Japan, CEP sponsored 15 sessions out of 70 (21% 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 21% of our total manuscript submissions for 2009.

During the 2009 publishing cycle 188 manuscripts were submitted for review to CEP. There were 40 manuscripts submitted from the Vancouver and Kyoto conferences and 148 non-conference submissions. At this time, 12 manuscripts have been accepted for publication, 114 rejected with 63 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 2009 we received 483 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 2009 we requested 1033 referee reports. These are all-time highs for both categories. Individuals who have generously provided their time as referees for the journal are listed in Table 3.

TABLE 2
1998-2009 Manuscript Acquisition and Disposition

Manuscripts

                        1998-1999  1999-2000  2000-2001  2001-2002
                          Tahoe      SD/Syd     Vanc        SF

Total Submitted           158        175        156        184

New conference             92         78         55         77
manuscripts w/o fee

New conference              2          7         10          5
manuscripts with fee

New non-conference         54         66         73         88
manuscripts

New Submittals            148        151        138        170

Resubmittals               10         24         18         14

Rejected                  122        129        114        130

Accepted                   36         46         42         55

Decisions Pending           0          0          0          0

Acceptance Rate          22. … 

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