Elsevier Econ
Feb 19, 2012

There is a growing boycott of academic journal holding company Elsevier, initiated by no less than Fields Medal recipient Timothy Gowers. I had never thought deeply about the way journals work, but it is a bit ridiculous. Academics pay journals to submit content, and academics edit (referee) other people's submitted content for free. The journals then charge libraries for access to the content, which they didn't create or edit. Moreover, academics lose the copyright to their articles, and are paid no royalties as would be standard in the publishing industry. The main value added of the journal companies is presumably maintaining a database of articles. For this, companies like Elsevier rake in huge profits. Here is a list of Elsevier economics journals, including some fairly prestigious names:

Accounting, Organizations and Society
Agricultural Economics
Business Horizons
China Economic Review
Communist and Post-Communist Studies
Ecological Economics
Economic Modelling
Economic Systems
Economics and Human Biology
Economics Letters
Economics of Education Review
Emerging Markets Review
Energy Economics
European Economic Review
European Journal of Political Economy
Explorations in Economic History
Finance Research Letters
Food Policy
Games and Economic Behavior
Global Finance Journal
Information Economics and Policy
Insurance Mathematics and Economics
International Journal of Accounting
International Journal of Forecasting
International Journal of Industrial Organization
International Review of Economics and Finance
International Review of Financial Analysis
International Review of Law and Economics
Japan and the World Economy
Journal of Accounting and Economics
Journal of Accounting and Public Policy
Journal of Asian Economics
Journal of Banking and Finance
Journal of Business Research
Journal of Business Venturing
Journal of Comparative Economics
Journal of Corporate Finance
Journal of Development Economics
Journal of Econometrics
Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization
Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control
Journal of Economic Psychology
Journal of Economic Theory
Journal of Economics and Business
Journal of Empirical Finance
Journal of Environmental Economics and Management
Journal of Financial Economics
Journal of Financial Intermediation
Journal of Financial Markets
Journal of Financial Stability
Journal of Forestry Economics
Journal of Health Economics
Journal of Housing Economics
Journal of International Economics
Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions & Money
Journal of International Money and Finance
Journal of Macroeconomics
Journal of Mathematical Economics
Journal of Monetary Economics
Journal of Multinational Financial Management
Journal of Policy Modeling
Journal of Public Economics
Journal of Socio-Economics
Journal of the Japanese and International Economies
Journal of Urban Economics
Labour Economics
Mathematical Social Sciences
North-American Journal of Economics and Finance
Pacific-Basin Finance Journal
Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance
Regional Science and Urban Economics
Research in Economics
Research in International Business and Finance
Research Policy
Resource and Energy Economics
Resources Policy
Review of Economic Dynamics
Review of Financial Economics
Structural Change and Economic Dynamics
Utilities Policy
World Development

2 Responses to “Elsevier Econ”

  1. Petek says:

    I work on a daily basis with a lot of online publishers to acquire permission and copyrights*, I can say that I've thought about the issue in these terms:

    Authors forgo the right to hold copyright and have the publisher protect against plagiarism for free and for indefinitely (ok, more like 95 years or something). So I don't think that Journals have to be involved in writing the article but they are the keeper of intellectual property.

    Regarding "paying to get published". There a lot of deadlines, and formats to be met in the process of publishing. And authors often fail to meet those deadlines and formats. I'm sure that publishers had to instate these fees to safeguard against time/labor spent(in copyediting and production) and external specialists they have to hire to finish the publication. Fees usually count against your royalties.

    What's wrong with Elsevier making profits? Or are you angry that authors aren't earning from publications.
    *Elsevier has the easiest and most efficient method of granting permissions. I love them for that. It's called Rightslink Copyright Clearance Center

    • veryshuai says:

      Good points. I don't understand how Elsevier protects against plagiarism. Since there are no royalties involved, authors have an interest in making their work as easy to read as possible. Most academics would prefer to hold an ungated version of their papers on their websites (I think). The reason that Elsevier makes you get permissions and such is because it is in Elsevier's interest to make people pay for access. Academics want to be cited, so they like it when their work gets quoted elsewhere.