Editors Report

Managing Editors’ Statement

The Review of Economic Studies has been particularly strong in the fields of microeconomics, economic theory and econometrics since its foundation by a group of young economists in 1933. We remain committed to continuing and strengthening our publications in these fields while increasing our coverage of other research areas, such as macroeconomics, applied econometrics, finance, experimental economics and political economics. We are also proud to maintain a tradition of promoting the work of young researchers who are not yet established in the profession and so are keen to encourage new and emerging authors to submit their papers to us.

We aim to provide an efficient and high quality editorial review process to our authors. We now receive over 1,700 submissions per year, of which half go through a full refereeing procedure. Our referees provide authors with high quality and full reports and feedback. Despite the demand this makes on their time and that of the editorial team most manuscripts are processed within a six month window. Our intention is to increase the proportion of papers which meet this standard — even as the number of submissions we receive annually continues to grow.

Finally, the Review of Economic Studies relies on the voluntary service of a pool of high-calibre referees who give their time to write thoughtful and thorough reviews of our manuscripts in a timely fashion. Without their contribution we would be unable to provide the constructive and insightful feedback to authors for which we strive. We therefore would like to take this opportunity to thank all those referees who have helped us by providing detailed and professional reports within our deadlines.

Average paper turnaround times

Figures available at March 2021 show that first submissions which entered the editorial process between 1 March 2020 and 31 August 2020 experienced a mean delay to decision of 55 days. 99 per cent of those papers were returned to their authors in under 210 days. The mean time for an RFR decision on a first round submission was 118 days.

Average paper turnaround times (Figures available March 2021)
Period Submitted Submission stage Number of decisions Mean Delay (days) %>7 months Total submissions received MS pending
28 Feb 2021

01/03/2020

to

31/08/2020

-1 932 55 1 942 10
-2 56 118 2 57 1
-3 47 46 0 48 1
-4 + 21 5 0 21 0
Total 1056     1068 12

01/09/2019

to

29/02/2020

-1 826 58 1 826 0
-2 41 134 12 41 0
-3 30 51 0 30 0
-4 + 8 40 0 8 0
Total 905     905 0

01/03/2019

to

31/08/2019

-1 775 57 1 775
-2 43 118 2 43 0
-3 35 48 0 35 0
-4 + 21 10 0 21 0
Total 874     874 0