Economics Bulletin Platform and Publication Schedule Update
AcessEcon's editorial software was conceived in 1999 and deployed in 2000. The Economics Bulletin remains the oldest entirely electronic journal in Economics, as well as the oldest open access journal. Patches and improvements have been made continuously in the intervening years. The need for backward compatibility led us to continue to build on the existing foundation for as long as possible. This became increasingly difficult, expensive, and ultimately, infeasible.
We decided in the second quarter of 2022 that we had no option but build a modern system from scratch. The task was complicated by the task of porting a database designed more than 20 years ago, with hundreds of thousands of documents and records, to work with the new software. Like most software projects in my experience, this took longer, and cost more, than budgeted.
At this point, we have an alpha version built, and have ported most of the data. We are actively debugging and stress testing, We don't want to deploy the new system until we have confidence in its stability. There will, doubt, be some teething issues, but we are determined to minimize them to the extent we can.
We estimate(!) that we will launch the new platform towards the end of the quarter 1 or beginning of quarter 2 of 2023. Our plan is to start publishing papers in the order they were accepted, in back issues, with 2022 dates. Accepted papers will be published in the issue dated with the approximate quarter they were accepted. For example, a paper accepted in July of 2022 will be published in the Volume 42, Issue 3. If you need a letter indicating that a paper is accepted, stating where it will be published, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will be happy to provide one.
We apologize for these delays, and thank you for your patience.