Is it easier to publish in journals that have low impact factors?

Yuret T.

APPLIED ECONOMICS LETTERS, vol.23, no.11, pp.801-803, 2016 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 23 Issue: 11
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/13504851.2015.1109034
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.801-803
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: No


We use publication data from all journals in economics, mathematics, physics and chemistry. We compute the ratio of publications that come from the top 25 US departments for each journal and use it as a measure of difficulty to publish in a journal. We find that there is a rather weak but positive correlation (0.20) between the impact factor and the difficulty measure.