The Journal of the Canadian Economics Association
La revue de l'association canadienne d'économique

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Editorial Process

The primary objective of the editorial process is the selection of the highest quality of papers for publication in the journal. At the CJE, papers are assigned to a co-editor (or the editor), at which point the assigned co-editor has full responsibility concerning the publication decision of a manuscript. Editorial decisions (e.g., reject, accept, or request revision) are made by the co-editor. Usually, co-editors will draw on the advice of two referees. Occasionally, a decision will be made on the basis of only one review. Even more rarely, but increasingly common given the level of submissions, is a rejection without referees (also known as a "summary rejection.") Co-editors are reluctant to render a decision without the advice of a referee. But if after reading a paper, it seems unlikely that a paper will ultimately be accepted, it is in everyone's interest for a decision to be rendered quickly and efficiently. It should be underscored that such a rejection need not reflect negatively on the quality of the paper: it may simply be a poor match for a general interest journal like the CJE. Given the low submission fee relative to the editorial resources involved, even for decisions involving only a co-editor (no referees), we regret that the CJE is unable to provide refunds after a paper has been submitted.

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