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Economics, the Open Access Journal, Now Covered by the SSCI

ifw_logo_small.jpg Press Release January 23, 2012

Economics, the Kiel Institute’s open access economics e-journal, has moved up into the champion’s league of economics journals. It is now being covered by the Social Science Citation Index (SSCI), with coverage going back to 2009.

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 assessed using the traditional refereeing process, but, rather, 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.


Dipl.-Volksw. Korinna Werner-Schwarz
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