Report of the managing editor
Authors: Lloyd, T.
Journal: Journal of Agricultural Economics
2004 has been a good year for the Journal and the last under the Nottingham editorial team. The target of a four-month average turnaround for submissions has been achieved for the second year in succession and record use has been made of the on-line version of the JAE - which currently attracts around 165 full-text paper downloads per month. The release of the 2003 citations data from the Institute of Scientific Information shows that JAE articles are cited more than ever before, although the change in the JAE's publication dates implemented in 2002 have inadvertently reduced its 'impact factor' score, which has slipped from 1st to 7th since 2001. Reversion to the original publication cycle will correct this apparent decline. On the other two measures JAE is ranked 2nd and 3rd in the Agricultural Economics and Policy category. Preparations are on-going to ensure a smooth hand-over of Editorship in April 2005, when Professor David Harvey and colleagues from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne take over the JAE. The handover will coincide with the adoption of an electronic submission and review system and a partnership with Blackwell Publishing. © Agricultural Economics Society.