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Rejections and the importance of first response times

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  • Ofer H. Azar

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Previous studies about the academic publishing process consider the publication delay as starting from the submission to the publishing journal. This ignores the potential delay caused by rejections received from previous journals. Knowing how many times papers are submitted prior to publication is essential for evaluating the importance of different publication delays and the refereeing process cost, and can improve our decisions about if and how the review process should be altered, decisions that affect the productivity of economists and other scholars. Using numerical analysis and evidence on acceptance rates of various journals, estimates that most manuscripts are submitted between three and six times prior to publication. This implies that the first response time (the time between submission and first editorial decision) is much more important than other parts of the publication delay, suggesting important policy implications for editors and referees.

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Article provided by Emerald Group Publishing in its journal International Journal of Social Economics.

Volume (Year): 31 (2004)
Issue (Month): 3 (March)
Pages: 259-274

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Handle: RePEc:eme:ijsepp:v:31:y:2004:i:3:p:259-274

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Keywords: Journal publishers; Production processes; Publishing; Turnarounds;

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  1. Francesc Pujol, 2008. "Ranking Journals Following a Matching Model Approach: An Application to Public Economics Journals," Journal of Public Economic Theory, Association for Public Economic Theory, vol. 10(1), pages 55-76, 02.
  2. Holm, Håkan J., 2011. "Double-blind in light of the internet: A note on author anonymity," Information Economics and Policy, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 23(1), pages 24-26, March.
  3. Ofer H. Azar, 2005. "The Review Process in Economics: Is it Too Fast?," General Economics and Teaching, EconWPA 0503013, EconWPA.
  4. Lee, Sam-Ho, 2009. "A theory of self-selection in a market with matching frictions: An application to delay in refereeing times in economics journals," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 72(1), pages 344-360, October.
  5. Holm, Håkan J., 2009. "Double-Blind in Light of Internet – Note on Review Processes," Working Papers, Lund University, Department of Economics 2009:5, Lund University, Department of Economics.
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  7. Azar, Ofer H., 2008. "Evolution of social norms with heterogeneous preferences: A general model and an application to the academic review process," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 65(3-4), pages 420-435, March.
  8. Ofer H. Azar, 2005. "The Academic Review Process: How Can We Make it More Efficient?," General Economics and Teaching, EconWPA 0502069, EconWPA.
  9. Berg, Nathan & Faria, Joao, 2008. "Negatively correlated author seniority and the number of acknowledged people: Name-recognition as a signal of scientific merit?," Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (formerly The Journal of Socio-Economics), Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 37(3), pages 1234-1247, June.
  10. Moizer, Peter, 2009. "Publishing in accounting journals: A fair game?," Accounting, Organizations and Society, Elsevier, vol. 34(2), pages 285-304, February.
  11. Heintzelman Martin & Nocetti Diego, 2009. "Where Should we Submit our Manuscript? An Analysis of Journal Submission Strategies," The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, De Gruyter, De Gruyter, vol. 9(1), pages 1-28, September.
  12. Azar, Ofer H., 2002. "The slowdown in first-response times of economics journals: Can it be beneficial?," MPRA Paper 4478, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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