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Economics aims to cover all the main areas of economics. Inevitably, articles in different areas of economics are addressed at different audiences. Many of the articles submitted to the journal are standard technical pieces, addressed to a purely academic audience. Others concern economic policy and thus are addressed both to economists and policy makers with some economic background. Yet others are surveys and overviews, often interdisciplinary, addressed to a nontechnical audience.
Economics is a new type of academic journal in economics. By involving a large research community in an innovative open peer review process, the journal aims to provide fast access to top-quality papers. Publishing is seen as a cooperative enterprise between authors, editors, referees, and readers. Economics takes the form of an e-journal, i.e., submission, evaluation, and publication are electronic.
Economics embodies the following principles:
Open Access: Following the principle that knowledge is a public good, all articles are free to read, download, and copy for all users.
Open Assessment: The traditional peer review process is substantially supplemented by a public peer review process in which the community of active researchers from all over the world has a hand in the evaluation process. Due to interactive peer review and public discussion, Economics provides fast and efficient quality assurance.
Speed: Submitted papers that have been identified as sufficiently promising for a referee process are made immediately available on the journal’s homepage as discussion papers. Thus, the time for new ideas to find their way into the scientific community is substantially reduced.
Article submitted after January 1, 2021 accepted for publication in Economics are subject to Article Processing Charges (APCs). The publication fee amounts to 1000 EUR.
Authors who have no funding for the submitted research can request a waiver or a discount during the submission process.
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Microeconomics welcomes submissions in any area concerning individual behaviour in the economy. This includes pieces focussing on microeconomic theory, international economics, development economics, the economics of input or output markets and regulation of those markets, the economics of organizations, and other areas of microeconomic analysis. Theoretical, empirical and policy-oriented contributions are all potentially appropriate. Writing should be accessible to a broad readership, so technical aspects should be well-explained in the text with details relegated to appendices.
Macroeconomics welcomes submissions in any area concerning aggregate flows and fluctuations in the economy. This includes pieces focussing on macroeconomic theory or the macroeconomic implications of international economics, development economics, the economics of input or output markets, finance, and political economy. Theoretical, empirical (including experimental) and policy-oriented contributions are all potentially appropriate. Writing should be accessible to a broad readership, so technical aspects should be well explained with details contained in appendices.
Economic Methods welcomes submissions in any area concerning the quantitative techniques that economists use to diagnose economic phenomena. This includes econometrics, experimental methods, or modelling paradigms. New methodology, such as artificial intelligence, big data techniques, or extensions to qualitative work are also appropriate. Pieces could include theoretical or empirical contributions, where the techniques are of main interest in the empirical work.
Global Policy welcomes submissions that focus on economic policy and the outcomes of policy for the economy. Subject areas are wide, but can include health policy, taxation, environmental policy law and economics, monetary policy, the governance of policies requiring international coordination and institutional design to implement these policies, as well as the political economy of policy design and implementation. While the focus is on global issues, regional issues can also be considered.
Economics as an Evolutionary Science conceives of economics as a discipline that explores how resources, goods and services can be mobilized in the pursuit of wellbeing in thriving societies, now and in the future. Economics as an Evolutionary Science welcomes submissions that address this dynamic view of economics from an evolutionary perspective. This includes evolutionary economics as it has developed, but extends this to a trans-disciplinary perspective that is reflected in the composition of our editorial board. Specific topics include the variation/selection/replication processes that are present in economic systems, the evolution of prosocial behaviours, and the evolution of the social networks, institutions, organisations, technologies, and other phenomena that coordinate the activities of individuals in large-scale economic systems.
Empirical, theoretical, or policy-oriented articles are welcome. Mathematical expositions will be considered if they are explained for a general readership, the mathematics is confined as much as possible to appendices, the assumptions have sufficient grounding in reality, and the paper enhances our understanding of evolutionary processes in real world economies.