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The ‘journal game’

from Lars Syll

publish-or-perish-towards-a-ranking-of-scientists-using-bibliographic-data-mining-6-728.jpgMany of the submissions do  not appear to be written in order to further economic knowledge. Whilst I fully understand the pressure on authors, particularly young academics, it is still disheartening that so many economists seem to be playing the ‘journal game’, i.e. producing variations on a theme that are uninteresting and which do not enlighten.

John Hey (Managing Editor of The Economic Journal)



Sad to say, if anything, things have gotten even worse since Hey wrote this back in 1997.

Fortunately there are a few exceptions to the rule, like Cambridge Journal of Economics, Journal of Post-Keynesian economics, and Real-World Economics Review, journals full of articles that are both interesting and do enlighten.

  1. February 19, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    and, if we restrict ourselves to journals in english, the Journal of Economic Perspectives.

  2. David Chester
    February 21, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    So firstly students have to pass their examinations and can achieve this without really understanding the subjects, and now they are pushed into writing about what they have to pretend they understand. Its a mad mad world!

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