The Academic Review Process: How Can We Make it More Efficient?
American Economist, Forthcoming
32 Pages Posted: 21 Feb 2005
Recently many editors try to reduce the turnaround times of academic journals. Shorter turnaround times, however, will induce many additional submissions of low-quality papers, increasing significantly the workload of editors and referees, and the number of rejections prior to publication. I suggest several ideas how editors can shorten turnaround times and four ideas how they can still avoid frivolous submissions, thus improving the review process efficiency: higher submission fees; requiring authors to review papers in proportion to their submissions; using differential editorial delay - letting low-quality papers wait more; and banning papers from being submitted after a certain number of rejections.
Keywords: Academic publishing, first response times, editorial process, review process, refereeing
JEL Classification: A1, A2, I2, J44, Z0
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