DP12065 Journal Competition and the Quality of Published Research: Simultaneous versus Sequential Screening

Author(s): Thomas Gehrig, Rune Stenbacka
Publication Date: May 2017
Keyword(s): assessment of research quality, competition between journals, Information Acquisition, simultaneous versus sequential screening
JEL(s): D80, L10, L13
Programme Areas: Industrial Organization
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We explore how the nature of the screening technology and the organization of the submission system affect the screening incentives of competing journals. Total screening in a duopolistic journal industry exceeds that of a monopoly. Exclusivity requirements for submissions induce more screening than systems with parallel submission. Interestingly, in the sequential screening model established journal rankings tend to reduce screening incentives. The screening technology determines whether the high-ranked or low-ranked journal have stronger screening incentives, which has implications for the long-run stability of established rankings.