Academic journal article Contemporary Economic Policy

Contemporary Economic Policy 2014 Editor's Report

Academic journal article Contemporary Economic Policy

Contemporary Economic Policy 2014 Editor's Report

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Volume 32, published quarterly in 2014, contained 48 articles and 884 pages contributed by more than 100 authors and coauthors from a variety of topic areas as defined by the Journal of Economic Literature classification system. Table 1 provides a distribution of published articles classified by JEL topic area in Volume 32. The number of papers, pages, and authors represented in Volume 32 was similar to those in Volume 31. Contemporary Economic Policy (CEP) strives to publish papers from all topic areas in economics, and Table 1 shows broad coverage across the discipline.

THE EDITORIAL TEAM

The CEP 2014 editorial team underwent several changes from the one in place in 2013. The editor-in-chief and coeditors are, as always, extremely appreciative of the significant contribution to the success of CEP made by Kaulene Gellerman, editorial assistant. CEP could not function without her efforts. The editorial team also thanks the authors, the referees, the editorial board, and the staff at Wiley Blackwell for their efforts in making CEP an important resource in economics, public administration, and to policy analysts worldwide.

Brock Blomberg, formerly of Claremont-McKenna College, and now President of Ursinus College, stepped down in May after serving as coeditor for 3 years. On behalf of the Western Economic Association International (WEAI) and the CEP editorial team, I thank Brock for his service to the journal and the discipline. In January, Andrew Young of West Virginia University was added as a coeditor. His primary area of responsibility is macroeconomics. In December, Kwok Ping (Byron) Tsang was added as a coeditor. His primary area of responsibility is open economy macroeconomics, trade, and papers focused on China. We welcome Andy and Byron to the editorial team.

JOURNAL STATISTICS

During the 2014 publishing cycle, 154 manuscripts were submitted for review to CEP, a decline compared to 2012. There were 22 manuscripts submitted from the Denver Annual Conference, and 132 nonconference submissions. At this time, 18 manuscripts have been accepted for publication and 116 have been rejected, with 20 decisions pending. The overall acceptance rate is expected to be approximately 20%.

Active participation in the annual conferences of the WEAI is encouraged by editors and members of the editorial board. Conference submissions declined in 2014 (22) relative to 2011 (45). The CEP editorial team encourages conference participants to submit papers to CEP.

An important contribution to enhancing the quality of the journal is the refereeing process. CEP uses a double-blind process with the goal of obtaining three referee reports for each manuscript. As the bottom panel of Table 2 demonstrates we continue to make a significant effort to contact referees and ensure that the editorial team has well-grounded input in order to make informed decisions about submitted manuscripts. During 2014, CEP received 337 referee reports that provided constructive input to improve accepted manuscripts as well as input for authors of rejected manuscripts. Refereeing is an important challenge in providing timely feedback to authors. During 2014, we requested 788 referee reports. These numbers indicate that we continue to focus on targeting individuals that are willing and able to review for the journal as our success rate was approximately 43%, a figure comparable to the rates in 2011 (48%) and 2012 (46%). Individuals who have generously provided their time as referees for the journal are listed in Table 3.

The time to decision for authors is a critical variable for most journals but is particularly important for CEP as the objective is to inform current policy debates. The editorial team places an extremely high priority on minimizing the time to first decision so that important contributions to the policy debates are available as soon as possible and faculty on tenure clocks have timely feedback on submissions. …

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