From the inbox, the new JEEM cover has a recycling icon?
I had heard that there was some confusion over who actually owned the AERE tree (seen at the right on a previous JEEM cover). I once read somewhere that this was "Ralph's tree." Ralph d'Arge insisted that it be on the cover of the journal or he wouldn't serve as editor -- but I can't find the document anywhere. Ironically, I've also heard that many faculty in awesome departments of economics have a certain lack of respect for any journal that has a tree on the cover, despite evidence from citations based journal rankings. This is because a tree represents a lack of seriousness or something like that.
Here is a 2007 lament when the AERE tree was morphing into the cypress tree that served as the icon for the 2002 World Congress.
Here is the AERE tree as it appears on the AERE Handbook:
More importantly, for all of you who are like me, last to know, Till Requate is the new editor at JEEM as AERE begins JAERE. I'm off campus (i.e., home for the holidays) so don't have access to ScienceDirect (I can't even figure out my guest access after logging in to VPN) so can't read the message (grrr).