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Editor's report.

From January 1, 2004 through December 31, 2004, the Editorial Office received 242 new manuscript submissions. The table below shows the time between submission and the journal's first response, whether to reject, ask for a revision, or accept a manuscript for the 242 manuscripts submitted during 2004. About 75 percent of the submitting authors receive a response within six months and almost 90 percent receive a response within nine months from the original submission.

Table 2 shows the number of submitted and accepted manuscripts from 1997 to 2004. Alter an initial decline in 1997, mostly due to the change in editorship, submissions and acceptances have been steady.

With the help of John Rust and his associates, the Southern Economic Journal is initiating the process of switching to an online editorial and reviewing system, by which submission and reviews will be transmitted electronically, thus speeding up the editorial process and reducing costs.

The editorial process at the Journal will, however, remain the same. After papers are submitted to the VCU office, they are then assigned by the Editor to the appropriate Co-Editor (at this stage, the Editor functions as one of the four Co-Editors). Papers are distributed among Co-Editors according to the paper's topic and the Co-Editor's expertise. Each Co-Editor handles the papers assigned to him or her in a decentralized manner and communicates to the VCU office his or her final decision. The VCU office handles the final editing and typesetting process of all accepted papers.

I am deeply indebted to the Journal's' three Co-Editors--Julie Hotchkiss (Georgia State University and the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta), Kent Kimbrough (Duke University), and Dek Terrell (Louisiana State University) for their hard work, and dedication. With their effort, each continues to make a great contribution to the Journal and to the economic profession. We also rely heavily on the Board of Associate Editors their advice in evaluating manuscripts. 1 wish to thank all the Associate Editors and the referees for their service.

Laura Razzolini

Editor, Southern Economic Journal
Table 1. Distribution of Editorial Decision Lags between Submission
and First Response to Author. January 1, 2004-March 31, 2005.

Months Percentage of Submissions

0-3 33.47%
3-1 19.83%
4-5 10.74%
5-6 10.74%
6-9 14.60%
9+ 6.61%

Table 2. Manuscripts Submitted and Published. 1997-2004.

Year Submitted Published %

1997 333 104 31.2
1998 279 68 24.4
1999 288 58 20.1
2000 251 56 22.3
2001 259 49 18.9
2002 244 50 20.4
2003 248 56 22.5
2004 242 36 14.8
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