RF Obstacles that Southern Researchers Face in Publishing in Economics Journals, and Why the Research Community Should Care

Abstract

This paper conceptually discuss the obstacles that researchers located in developing countries face to publish in Economics journals. We group obstacles into two broad categories. The first category includes obstacles that make difficult for researchers in the South to produce research “as their Northern colleagues”, including lack of funding, networking, English proficiency and certain research skills. A second group of obstacles arises from the practices of most journals’ editors and referees. Manuscripts with a high-quality execution, written by a member of a well-known Northern institution, analyzing already-studied topics, are preferred over creative work using the best available methodology –which can be nonexperimental- by a member of a relatively unknown Southern institution analyzing important and under-researched topics and countries. This ranking undervalues local knowledge, and discourages Southern researchers from participation in mainstream journals. More importantly, we think this is a constraint for cumulative scientific progress.


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Project leader: Ana Lucia Kassouf

Project researchers: Lucas Ronconi | John Cockburn


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