The Association has high ambitions for the quality of the new journal. Environmental and resource economics continues to be a growth area, and we look forward to an increasing number of submissions from around the world. At the same time, we recognize that the top research in our field is publishable in general interest journals, the AEJoutlets, and established field journals. To be competitive quickly, and to become a top journal, we will need AERE members to help by contributing compelling and high impact papers to JAERE.
The community of environmental and resource economists also worked hard to establish the reputation of AERE’s former official research journal, JEEM. We have heard many different opinions about JEEM, with some suggesting that JAERE’s success requires JEEM’s failure. In contrast, our view is that JAERE’s success will hinge on what we as a profession do on behalf of the new journal, rather than what happens to other outlets. Indeed, the profession generally, and junior members in particular, will benefit from having JEEM remain a respectable outlet. Recognizing this, several dedicated AERE members have agreed to help edit JEEM even while voicing strong support for JAERE. We urge AERE members to recognize the contribution to the profession from these individuals and to support their efforts accordingly.
Here is another note encouraging submissions from junior faculty.