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New Impact Factor for IMF Economic Review

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International Monetary Fund. Research Dept.
Published Date:
September 2013
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The IMF Economic Review has received its new Impact Factor, 2.53, with the release of the latest Thomson Reuters Journal Citation Reports.

This marks an increase from last year’s impressive first Impact Factor of 2.1. The journal’s rankings have risen to 25/332 in the Economics category and 5/86 in the Business, Finance category. The Impact Factor is a measure of the frequency with which the average article in a journal has been cited in a particular year or period.

“When I asked Pierre-Olivier Gou-rinchas and Ayhan Kose to start the IMF Economic Review in 2010, I hoped that not only would the Review publish relevant macro articles, but also that the relevance of the articles would be enough to make them influential, and the journal successful. Judging by the rankings, the goal has been met, even exceeded” commented Olivier Blanchard, the IMF’s Economic Counsellor and Director of the Research Department.

First published in August 2010, IMF Economic Review has quickly become one of the leading peer-reviewed journals for serious macroeconomic analysis and research. The journal has featured articles by prominent economists such as Viral V. Acharya, Patrick Bolton, Ricardo Caballero, Peter Diamond, and Hyun Song Shin, as well as a number of IMF staff.

According to Gita Gopinath, a professor of economics at Harvard University, “The IMF Economic Review has been uniquely successful in publishing papers that rigorously analyze real world international macroeconomic problems and in a manner that has immediate policy relevance. This success is owed to a great extent to the high quality of the editorial board which is able to identify papers that are both relevant for policy and are executed using state of the art tools so as to make the analysis compelling. Given this, it is not surprising that the Review’s impact on the profession has grown steeply since it was first published in 2010.”

IMF Economic Review is the official research journal of the International Monetary Fund and is published by Palgrave Macmillan for the IMF.

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