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Many researchers have recently voiced an increasing resentment towards academic journals. Opinions vary widely, and tend from “they are not necessary anymore”, over “they are clubs and you are either part of these clubs or you don’t publish”, to “I love academic journals”. Economists tend to be particularly troubled with their journals, researchers from medicine seemingly less so. Why is that and what can be done about it?

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After a longer summer break I am finally back with someindex news: I am very happy that Ian Bateman, the editor of the journal Environmental and Resource Economics, has asked me to be part of the editorial board. This journal is among a handful few environmental economics journals that I feel has constantly managed to attract interesting and novel articles, so it will be a pleasure to work with them.

My approach as co-editor is as follows:

  1. Have a fast reviewing process
  2. The aim is for papers at the top level in environmental and resource economics
  3. In spirit with the journal: It is not enough to have a nice paper with which nothing  is wrong, but there must be something catchy that readers will find interesting.

If you feel that your article fits these criteria, then please do not hesitate and submit!

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