ECONPress Blog Purpose:

While the ECONPress journal serves as a space for undergraduate students to submit their papers on economics topics and receive the opportunity to be published in a journal that is registered with the Library of Congress, the publication recognizes the need for more informal spaces to spread knowledge and research on economics topics.

Economics papers submitted to the journal for publication undergo a rigorous review process that analyzes the submission’s quantitative and qualitative soundness. This process extends the already lengthy period of time from the beginning of research to the publication and distribution of knowledge.

With the ECONPress blog, undergraduates have an additional venue to distribute their research and thoughts in a more informal venue that allows for accelerated publication with additional formats accepted.

Formats accepted include, but are not limited to:

  • Op-eds
  • Informational/Explanatory Articles (e.g. What is the Trans-Pacific Partnership and its economic effects?)  
  • Briefs
  • Case-studies
  • Analyses on market trends
  • Analyses on economic policy

ECONPress Blog Submissions Process and Guidelines

While the blog submission process for publication on the ECONPress blog is not as rigorous as that of the peer-reviewed journal, there is a structured process that is followed. The following guidelines provide transparency and a framework for writers looking to submit their writing on the ECONPress blog to understand the criteria ECONPress considers when reviewing blog articles.

Outside of moral and ethical concerns, there is no single criteria that will result in the acceptance or rejection of a blog submission. ECONPress utilizes a holistic process in reviewing blogs. Additionally, ECONPress may return to the author with grammatical and/or stylistic edits necessary for acceptance of the publication of the blog post.

Topic Relevance

  • Is this topic relevant to the current political and economic environment? Can the content of this blog post be applied and used in contexts outside of the blog post?
  • If this topic is not of immediate relevance to the current state, is there a connection that can be made to appeal to present-day readers?
  • Is there a clear relationship to economic concepts and/or analysis?
  • Is the topic tackled in the article properly defined and specified?
  • Does the author veer from the style and type of article chosen and include unnecessary pieces?
  • Is the topic written about in a fashion that corresponds with its topic
    • If an opinion piece, it should typically be in an op-ed format
    • If an analysis piece, there is typically not much usage of first-person and opinion-based assumptions

Structure

  • Is the blog post of a minimum of 500 words?
  • Does the blog succeed in conveying the type of point this structure typically entails? (Does it convince, does it inform, does it provide compelling analysis?)
  • Does the blog have a clear focus that is supported and represented throughout the post?

Tone

  • Does the blog’s tone match the structure of the piece?
    • If conversational, the post should read more as a conversational op-ed
    • If analysis based, the majority of the tone should remain professional
    • While scholarly tone is accepted, as a blog post, the audience reached will require more scholarly terms to be defined

Audience

  • As the pieces are to be published on ECONPress’s blog site, the audience targeted are those who maintain a basic economics knowledge as opposed to a more scholarly audience for the ECONPress publication
    • Articles that utilize more advanced economics topics may be asked to define certain concepts in their papers.

Evidence/Sources:

  • What is the quality of sources used?
    • Are they scholarly sources?
    • If mainstream sources are used, is there a balance with scholarly sources?
    • Are sources used unbiased or do they come from partisan think tanks?
  • Is the evidence used in a compelling way? Is there enough evidence?
  • What holes in the argument appear- are they so large this argument cannot be made?
  • Are counterpoints addressed? (If applicable)

Conclusions:

  • How strong and valid are the conclusions made?
  • Are relevant policy implications addressed?
  • Does the author achieve their initial purpose related to the topic?

Moral and Ethical Concerns

ECONPress reserves the right to deny publication of blog posts and articles that broach our policy of equal treatment that is integral to our identity as a journal that maintains an anonymized peer review process.

As stated in our Constitution, “ECONPress shall not discriminate on the basis of race, nationality, national origin, color, gender, gender identity, religion, religious creed, genetics, sex, age, ancestry, veteran status, disability, or sexual orientation.

ECONPress shall not tolerate any form of discrimination or harassment, including sexual harassment or retaliatory harassment.” Blog posts published on our website follow the same guidelines.

Blog Publication Process

After receiving a blog submission, ECONPress reviews the submission using these guidelines. There are three classifications that the blog can receive:

  • Accept submission
  • Accept with revisions required
  • Declined Submission

If a blog article is declined, ECONPress will send a brief statement of why the submission was declined.

Questions and Concerns

If you have any questions and concerns about a blog article you are considering to submit to ECONPress, feel free to reach out at: nueconpress@gmail.com