Academic journal article Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics

JARE Editor's Report October 2002

Academic journal article Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics

JARE Editor's Report October 2002

Article excerpt

From October 2001 through October 2002, the University of Arizona editor and co-editors received 108 manuscripts. Just over half of the submissions (51%) came from corresponding authors residing in the West. Other domestic submissions were distributed as follows: Northeast (13%), South (14%), and Midwest (14%). Another 3% of the submissions originated in Canada, while Europe, Asia, Australia, and Israel jointly accounted for the remaining 4%.

Since beginning our tenure as editors in April 2000, a total of 253 manuscripts have been received. The acceptance rate over the same period is 27.7%. Half of the 253 manuscripts have been rejected, leaving just over one-fifth of the submissions still at some stage under review.

During the period October 2001 through October 2002, elapsed time for handling manuscripts was about 10 weeks from submission until the date of first correspondence leaving the editorial office (see table below). For first review of most manuscripts, reviews from two referees were requested. Referees were offered U.S.$50 for on-time reviews, which in most cases meant within six weeks of request. Average time for completion of first reviews was just over six weeks. The discrepancy between average time to review and average time to first correspondence results from two phenomena. First, one out of two first-round reviews arriving late is sufficient to delay time to first correspondence. …

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