The Economic Journal News

Rachel Griffith and the Economic Journal

  • Published Date: 15 February 2017

Professor Rachel Griffith (CBE)’s term as a managing editor of the Economic Journal is coming to an end by April 2017. Rachel started her career at the EJ in 2011 and has served the maximum of two three-year terms. She has been the Coordinating Managing Editor of the EJ and held the office of the journal in addition to representing it on the Executive Committee of the Royal Economic Society.

Rachel has had a tremendous influence on the journal. Rachel aimed for the EJ to publish high quality papers with the potential to have a significant mark on future scientific research and not to opt for quick wins that would be highly cited but short lived. This has been successful and the EJ has over the recent years published a number of papers that we believe will be important for the profession in the future. At the same time, the 2-year impact factor of the EJ rose from slightly below 2 in 2011 to 2.37 in 2016.

During Rachel’s editorship, the number of submissions to the EJ have gone through the roof. While the EJ received 990 submissions in 2011, the journal received more than 1400 new submissions in 2016. The journal internationalized rapidly: the share of submissions from the US and Canada increased from 21% in 2012 to 25% in 2016 and that of the rest of the world from 17% to 19%.

The journal’s turnaround times also improved dramatically in the past few years. While it took more than 4 months to make a first decision for 15% of the submissions in 2011, this share decreased to 4% in 2016. Rachel took an active leadership role in decreasing the turnaround times.

Finally, Rachel was a driving force behind the wonderful 125th Anniversary Issue of the Economic Journal that appeared in 2015.

The most amazing aspect though is that Rachel combined the time consuming editorship with her professorship at the University of Manchester, her (deputy) research directorship at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, the presidency of the European Economic Association in 2015 and top notch economic research. This only shows her great energy and her heart for the profession as a whole.

We thank Rachel wholeheartedly for her contribution to the EJ and wish her a lot of success in her further career and personal life!

The EJ managing editors

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