Letter from the Editors
Welcome to the official launch of the new AERE journal—the Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists!
We are happy to present the webpage home of AERE’s official research outlet, soon to be recognized as the top journal in the field of environmental and resource economics. We are grateful for the efforts of the many people who helped bring about this moment. Particular thanks are due to the AERE members and board, who debated the merits of the project with thoughtfulness and professionalism. We would also like to recognize the positive role played by our University of Chicago Press partners in facilitating the journal’s launch and planning for its operations. Their professionalism and enthusiasm for the project are much appreciated. Finally, and most importantly, we want to thank the many environmental and resource economists who have already contributed to the journal or will do so in the future. In the months preceding the JAERE’s webpage launch we received over 60 paper submissions and secured the services of twice as many reviewers. The willingness of people to author, edit, and review papers for the journal will be the major predictor of its ultimate success; the numbers to date illustrate the broad enthusiasm for the AERE and its new journal. Thank you to all for your efforts!
We would like to take this opportunity to share a few details about the journal’s operations. Currently, we plan to publish four issues per year with 6 to 9 articles per issue, with the flexibility to expand in the future. Our goal is to produce our first issue in time for distribution at the World Congress in June 2014.
Although four issues will be printed per year, the actual indexing system will follow the continuous publishing model: immediately following acceptance and production, an article is posted online and assigned its permanent citation information. Thus, the content will be available in its citation-ready format in real time, and each article can be publicized immediately, thereby helping with citation counts and general visibility. Because the papers are assigned to issues in the order they are completed, we no longer designate a “lead” article or choose an order. We are convinced that these drawbacks are small relative to the benefits of being able to serve an audience that is now primarily digital.
The actual handling of submissions to JAERE will follow the usual pattern, with two exceptions. First, we will use a single-blind method, which means that authors should submit their papers without removing their names and affiliations. Second, we hope to establish a new expectation for turnaround times by asking for reviews within a month, in order to try to respond to authors within two months. Reviewers who are initially surprised by this request will appreciate it much more when they submit papers to JAERE and get high-quality feedback within a two month window!
The Association has high ambitions for the quality of the new journal. Environmental and resource economics continues to be a growth area, and we look forward to an increasing number of submissions from around the world. At the same time, we recognize that the top research in our field is publishable in general interest journals, the AEJ outlets, and established field journals. To be competitive quickly, and to become a top journal, we will need AERE members to help by contributing compelling and high impact papers to JAERE.
The community of environmental and resource economists also worked hard to establish the reputation of AERE’s former official research journal, JEEM. We have heard many different opinions about JEEM, with some suggesting that JAERE’s success requires JEEM’s failure. In contrast, our view is that JAERE’s success will hinge on what we as a profession do on behalf of the new journal, rather than what happens to other outlets. Indeed, the profession generally, and junior members in particular, will benefit from having JEEM remain a respectable outlet. Recognizing this, several dedicated AERE members have agreed to help edit JEEM even while voicing strong support for JAERE. We urge AERE members to recognize the contribution to the profession from these individuals and to support their efforts accordingly.
We look forward to working with you on JAERE now and in the future. Please feel free to contact either of us if you have questions or suggestions.
Daniel Phaneuf, Editor in Chief, JAERE
Don Fullerton, Transitional Editor, JAERE