Journal of Comments and Replications in Economics (JCRE)

JCRE is a journal for publishing replication studies and comments in economics.

JCRE aims to be the premier outlet for articles that comment on or replicate previously published articles in economics and closely-related disciplines.

Because many journals are reluctant to publish comments and replications, JCRE was founded to provide an outlet for research that explores whether published results stand up to scrutiny, e.g., are correct, robust, and/or generalizable.

In doing so, JCRE seeks to increase scientific dialogue between researchers and to increase the overall credibility and transparency of research in economics.

JCRE invites comments on published papers that have been submitted to the journal that published the original paper and been rejected.

JCRE is also interested in publishing replications, where it defines a replication as any study that directly addresses the reliability of a specific claim from a previously published study.

This includes “reproductions”, “robustness checks”, “generalizations”, and a host of other types of analyses designed to assess the trustworthiness of a previously published result. Editorial decisions are based on the quality of the replication, without regard to whether the results confirm or refute the original study.

JCRE is an open-access e-journal and articles are published continuously. Each part of a publication (article, data, and code) is provided with a separate DOI. Data and code are permanently stored in the JCRE data archive.

JCRE charges no fees from authors at any point in the submission or publication process.

The Journal of Comments and Replications in Economics is co-edited by David Jaeger (University of St Andrews), Maren Duvendack (University of East Anglia), Bob Reed (University of Canterbury), and Martina Grunow (ZBW). The project was initially funded by the DFG (duration November 2016 to April 2018). Since December 2018, JCRE has been jointly funded by the ZBW and the Joachim Herz Foundation, initially until mid-2024.