Fantasy Journals

by on August 23, 2007 at 7:18 am in Economics, Education | Permalink

Carl Bergstrom has a good idea, fantasy journals.  A fantasy journal is a virtual collection of articles from other journals.  As with fantasy baseball or football the fun part is when fantasy journals compete with one another based upon a common ranking system such as citation counts.   Care to go head to head with Steve Levitt (JPE), Robert Moffit (AER) or Ed Glaeser (QJE)?

Prufer and Zetland take the idea one step further, how about auctioning papers and paying editors and referees based on future citations?

1 samson August 23, 2007 at 7:27 am

conformity of thought and strengthening of the status quo power structure will follow.

2 cure August 23, 2007 at 9:18 am

The other problem is that pretty much any collection of surveys could beat any AER or JPE issue, given how much more surveys are cited that the average paper. Surely, citation count is only relevant when combined with other, non-quantitative data about a given article.

3 Ryan August 23, 2007 at 1:00 pm

“Prufer and Zetland take the idea one step further, how about auctioning papers and paying editors and referees based on future citations?”

Would it really benefit academia to have the same incentive structure as the rest of the media?

4 Jacqueline August 23, 2007 at 5:12 pm

Congratulations on finding something even dorkier than fantasy sports.

5 Robert Speirs August 24, 2007 at 7:58 am

So how would this be different from putting all your favorite songs on your mp3 player?

6 David Zetland August 24, 2007 at 7:26 pm

One (self-centered) comment: We mention in our paper that an auction market — by putting all papers into a central market — facilitates fantasy journal issues: The fantasy editor only needs outbid everyone else for a set of papers he wants in the special issue.

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