How Important is Editorial Gatekeeping? Evidence from Top Biomedical Journals

36 Pages Posted: 12 Jul 2021 Last revised: 9 Sep 2021

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Joshua Krieger

Harvard University - Business School (HBS)

Kyle Myers

Harvard University - Technology & Operations Management Unit

Ariel Dora Stern

Harvard Business School

Date Written: August 30, 2021

Abstract

We examine editors’ influence on the scientific content of academic journals by unpacking the role of three major forces: journals’ missions, aggregate supply of and demand for specific topics, and scientific homophily via editorial gatekeeping. In a sample of top biomedical journals, we find that the first two forces explain the vast majority of variation in published content. The upper bound of the homophily effect is statistically significant but practically unimportant. Marginal editorial changes thus likely do not meaningfully impact journals’ content in the short run. However, we do not rule out persistent or pervasive frictions in the publication process.

JEL Classification: I23, J24, O31, O34

Suggested Citation

Krieger, Joshua and Myers, Kyle and Stern, Ariel Dora, How Important is Editorial Gatekeeping? Evidence from Top Biomedical Journals (August 30, 2021). Harvard Business School Technology & Operations Mgt. Unit Working Paper No. 22-011, Harvard Business School Entrepreneurial Management Working Paper No. 22-011, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3882949 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3882949

Joshua Krieger

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Kyle Myers (Contact Author)

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Ariel Dora Stern

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