Kiel/Hamburg, January 23, 2012: Economics was established by the Kiel Institute in 2007 as a journal with several innovative features. For example, as it is freely accessible via the Internet (i.e., is an open access journal), it is read by more people than some traditional journals. Further, manuscripts that are submitted to Economics are not only assessed using the traditional refereeing process, but also, are assessed on line by readers (i.e., are subject to open assessment). The decision whether to publish a manuscript can thus be made much more quickly and in a very transparent manner. And last but not least, Economics does not have to depend on a publishing house. It is disseminated via the Internet by the Leibniz Information Center for Economics, which runs its website and also disseminates it to numerous economics databases and networks.
Kiel Institute President Dennis Snower feels that the inclusion of Economics into the SSCI is proof “that new journals can also make it into the circle of top journals,” and he is “particularly happy about this, as Economics is a revolutionarily new type of journal whose open access and open assessment features will stimulate the interplay between conducting research and publishing.”
Leibniz Information Center Director Klaus Tochtermann is “especially pleased that journals in the Internet age no longer need to depend on traditional publishing houses in order to be successful. What is more important now is knowing how to store and disseminate information to economics databases and networks. And this is where the Leibniz Information Center comes in.”
The editorial board of Economics is comprised of internationally renowned economists, including several Nobel Prize laureates. The articles published in Economics, approx. 150 to date, have been included in all the leading economics databases, such as EconLit, ECONIS, EBSCO, and REPEc. Economics is also on Facebook,Twitter, and Google Plus.
About the ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics:
The ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics is the world’s largest information centre for economic literature with a national mandate, online as well as offline. Today the institution holds more than 4 million volumes and subscribes to 32,000 periodicals and journals. In addition, the ZBW provides the fastest-growing collection of Open Access documents on the internet: EconStor, the digital publication server, currently gives free access to more than 35,000 articles and working papers. EconBiz, the search engine for international economic information, allows students and researchers to search among eight million datasets. The ZBW edits two journals in economic policy, Wirtschaftsdienst and Intereconomics, and in cooperation with the Kiel Institute for the World Economy produces the Peer Review Journal Economics based on the principle of Open Access. The ZBW is a member of the Leibniz Association and has been a foundation under public law since 2007.