Proliferation of Academic Journals: Effects on Research Quantity and Quality

14 Pages Posted: 26 Oct 2007

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Rajeev K. Goel

Illinois State University - Department of Economics

João Ricardo Faria

Florida Atlantic University

Abstract

There have been significant structural changes in research markets in recent years reflected in the increase in the number of academic journals. This paper uses a differential game model of authors and journal editors to examine the effects of an increase in competition among academic journals. Does an increase in the number of academic journals lead to an increase in scholarly articles published? Will an increase in publishing outlets adversely affect research quality? The results show greater competition does not affect research output and in fact enhances research quality. The number of journals and the relative discount rates of authors and editors are crucial determinants of the effects of competition.

Suggested Citation

Goel, Rajeev K. and Faria, Joao Ricardo, Proliferation of Academic Journals: Effects on Research Quantity and Quality. Metroeconomica, Vol. 58, No. 4, pp. 536-549, November 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1024340 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-999X.2007.00285.x

Rajeev K. Goel (Contact Author)

Illinois State University - Department of Economics ( email )

Normal, IL 61790-4200
United States

Joao Ricardo Faria

Florida Atlantic University ( email )

Boca Raton, FL 33431
United States

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