nep-sog New Economics Papers
on Sociology of Economics
Issue of 2023‒08‒28
two papers chosen by
Jonas Holmström, Axventure AB

  1. Documenting and Explaining the Dramatic Rise of the New Society Journals in Economics By Ham, John C.; Wright, Julian; Ye, Ziqiu
  2. How research institutions can make the best of scandals – once they become unavoidable By Gilles Grolleau; Naoufel Mzoughi

  1. By: Ham, John C. (New York University, Abu Dhabi); Wright, Julian (National University of Singapore); Ye, Ziqiu (University of International Business and Economics Beijing)
    Abstract: An important recent event in the economics field is the introduction of seven new society journals. Using standard iterative ranking methodologies from economics, as well as some new methodologies, we demonstrate the spectacular rise of these journals while updating journal rankings for all economics journals. We then use regression analysis based on how these journals and natural comparison journals are cited in top-5 economics journals to investigate the roles of editor reputation, editor experience, bias from parent journals, the number of articles published, as well as other factors in explaining the new journals' strong relative performance.
    Keywords: impact factors, academic associations, journal ranking
    JEL: A11 C23 C81 J44
    Date: 2023–07
  2. By: Gilles Grolleau (CEE-M - Centre d'Economie de l'Environnement - Montpellier - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - INRAE - Institut National de Recherche pour l’Agriculture, l’Alimentation et l’Environnement - Institut Agro Montpellier - Institut Agro - Institut national d'enseignement supérieur pour l'agriculture, l'alimentation et l'environnement - UM - Université de Montpellier, ESSCA Research Lab - ESSCA - Ecole Supérieure des Sciences Commerciales d'Angers); Naoufel Mzoughi (ECODEVELOPPEMENT - Unité de recherche d'Écodéveloppement - INRAE - Institut National de Recherche pour l’Agriculture, l’Alimentation et l’Environnement)
    Abstract: We posit that, once scandals become unavoidable, they can be considered for transformation into opportunities for research institutions, scientific communities and science regulators to implement in-depth changes and policies they would otherwise oppose. Research institutions and scientific communities can take advantage of scandals by participating proactively in constructing their consequences. We develop four mechanisms by which scandals can be used to bring positive change in research institutions and scientific communities. These are nullifying the high-status protection of almost untouchable researchers, ‘resetting' the system that was conducive to scandals, changing the reference point upon which the entity is judged to emphasize progress and offering a learning opportunity to involved parties.
    Date: 2022–12–20

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