© Kagawa and Nishimura; licensee Springer. 2012
Received: 20 February 2012
Accepted: 30 March 2012
Published: 30 March 2012
We are pleased to announce the launch of the Journal of Economic Structures (JES). This open access journal, to be published by Springer, will be the official international journal of the Pan Pacific Association of Input-Output Studies (PAPAIOS). We invite everyone to submit high-quality research papers to make JES one of the most prominent international journals in economic science. All accepted articles will immediately and permanently be made available online at no charge, and all costs associated with the publication of the article, which are typically passed onto the authors of Springer Open journals, will be fully exempted in the case of JES if the leading author is a PAPAIOS member. Naturally, PAPAIOS welcomes anyone who has an interest in structural economics or any related discipline to become a member of the society, anywhere in the world.
JES publishes theoretical and empirical articles that apply to a wide range of formal analytical instruments and statistical techniques. In so doing, the journal seeks to discover and elucidate the structural interdependencies that exist between the many activities that are integral components of the economy. Economic structures may be examined within the context of their technological, spatial, dynamic, ecological, or institutional and strategic aspects. We also publish articles dealing with broad issues, covering subjects as varied as technological innovations and lifestyle changes, trade and commerce, input-output systems, networks, ecology, and development, among others, where structural understanding is essential. JES also seeks to promote communication between various related disciplines and encourages contributions from regional practitioners. The journal also welcomes proposals for special issues that reflect new trends in structural economics and other related disciplines.
Submitted manuscripts will be read by the journal's editors, and only those considered to meet the journal's criteria will be sent for formal review. Those manuscripts judged by the editors to be of limited interest, or which are considered inappropriate, will be promptly rejected without external review. A web-based, double-blind review by at least two anonymous referees is employed to review all potential manuscripts. Authors may provide the names of capable referees and/or of referees whom they would prefer not to review their manuscript. The peer-review process is typically completed in a relatively short time, and if accepted, the paper is published online immediately. Authors are encouraged to take advantage of the unlimited page volumes and the ability to attach data, as well as to submit figures in color. In addition, being a full open access journal, JES will be read worldwide, including environments where library facilities are less well developed.
We are very pleased to be able to call on a highly regarded and active international editorial board consisting of members with considerable expertise in the field of structural economics. The editors and editorial board guarantee that peer-reviewed JES articles will be of exceptional quality. We gratefully acknowledge the support that we have received from our colleagues on the editorial board and from Springer while developing the concept for and launching this journal. We look forward to the long journey involving the exploration of economic structures that lies ahead and hope that JES will become the ultimate source of newly published findings.
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