Workshop: "The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on publication behaviour in Economics and Business Studies“

Date: 14.09.2021

Format: Virtual

COVID-19 is not only changing daily life but also professional work as researchers and service providers. When looking at biomedical research disciplines, there is evidence that preprints and open peer review have become much more prominent in scholarly communication and that this has sped up the process of academic publishing. This trend is also obvious for the fields of Economics and Business Studies, since e.g. on average, EconStor witnessses an upload of three new papers about COVID-19 every day.

Hence, this virtual workshop aims at reflecting on the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had and will have on the publication behaviour and of the characteristics of scholarly communication in Economics and Business Studies. What are economic effects of the lockdowns or other COVID-19 related policy measures, and how do they affect research? What other oberservations can be made regarding research and publication processes that can be attributed to the pandemic, e.g. increased digitization of processes, sharing of data etc.?

For the workshop we seek research papers, work in progress papers, or policy papers that present quantitative or qualitative findings on this broad topic or that address one (or all) of the following specific questions for Economics and Business Studies:

  1. How has the research output in Economics and Business Studies changed compared to before the pandemic (or in comparison to other pandemics)?
  2. Which formats of scholarly communication and science communication are used more than before or have become more popular (e.g., Research Articles / Policy Papers / Blog Entries...)?
  3. What is the role of preprints, e.g. are they cited more often? How important are repositories like SSRN or EconStor in this respect?
  4. Are research results being shared more intensively via Social Media (e.g. Twitter) or via other online media (e.g. in blogs, news articles)?
  5. What is the mode and role of Peer Review when publishing in a pandemic? Are there experiences with other formats of Peer Review (e.g. Rapid Reviews, Open Peer Reviews, Open Review Reports)?
  6. How has the pandemic affected the scientific reputation system in Economics and Business Studies? What are positions and approaches from learned societies, universities or research funders?

If you think you can contribute to this workshop, you are more than welcome to submit an abstract of max 1-2 pages to

The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2021.

Submitters will be notified by August 10, 2021.

Organizing committee:

  • Prof. Dr. Isabella Peters (ZBW - Leibniz Information Centre for Economics & Kiel University)
  • Dr. Nicholas Fraser (ZBW - Leibniz Information Centre for Economics)
  • Olaf Siegert (ZBW - Leibniz Information Centre for Economics)