American Journal of Agricultural Economics Volume 100: A Century of Publishing the Frontiers of the Profession

22 Pages Posted: 21 Apr 2020

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Travis J. Lybbert

University of California, Davis - Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics

Timothy K.M. Beatty

University of York

Terrance M. Hurley

University of Minnesota - College of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences - Department of Applied Economics

Timothy J. Richards

Arizona State University W. P. Carey School of Business

Date Written: October 2018

Abstract

The American Journal of Agricultural Economics reached its 100th volume this year. We take this landmark volume as an opportunity to reflect on the evolution of this leading field journal—and one of the original research journals in economics. We document changes in the editorial structure of the journal—from a sole editor‐in‐chief to the present system of four rotating co‐editors—and in the management of the publication process overseen by these editors. Using bibliometric analysis, we then track various trends in the journal over the past century. We assess changes in the structure of articles, including increased article length, reliance on mathematical modeling and empirical analysis, and the dramatic rise in collaborative publication in the form of expanding co‐author teams. We also explore changes in the degree of topical specialization and the geographic coverage of research published in AJAE. We use co‐authoring relationships to construct collaboration networks specific to the journal and document the striking increase in the density of these networks. We conclude with some perspectives on the implications of this century‐long evolution of the journal for the coming decades of pushing and publishing the frontiers of the profession.

Keywords: Applied economics, editorial structure, bibliometric analysis, collaboration networks, professional communication

Suggested Citation

Lybbert, Travis J. and Beatty, Timothy K.M. and Hurley, Terrance M. and Richards, Timothy J., American Journal of Agricultural Economics Volume 100: A Century of Publishing the Frontiers of the Profession (October 2018). American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 100, Issue 5, pp. 1253-1274, 2018, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3578948 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ajae/aay081

Travis J. Lybbert (Contact Author)

University of California, Davis - Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics ( email )

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Timothy K.M. Beatty

University of York

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University of York
York, YO10 5DD
United Kingdom

Terrance M. Hurley

University of Minnesota - College of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences - Department of Applied Economics ( email )

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United States
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Timothy J. Richards

Arizona State University W. P. Carey School of Business ( email )

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Mesa, AZ 85212
United States
480-727-1148 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.east.asu.edu/msabr/faculty/richards.htm

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