Review of Industrial Organization 18: 243–254, 2001.
© 2001 Kluwer Academic Publishers. Printed in the Netherlands.
Contributions in Industrial Organization,by
Linguistic Groups, in Selected Journals
University of Valenciennes, France
Abstract. This study evaluates the relative importance of articles in Industrial Organization pub-
lished during 1991–1996 in major generalist or specialized journals, either english or french, using
the 1991 J.E.L. classiﬁcation system. Contributions are regrouped according to the type of article:
theoretical analysis; industrial policy; industry studies. A specialization progress indicator (SPI)
shows the trends of the editorial policy, while a rate of multiple reference index (RMR) has been
introduced to examine the degree of relation between those three categories and used as a proxy of
the editorial preferences towards the type of treatment of the subject usually expected by the journal.
Key words: Editorial policy, generalist or specialized journals, journal contents.
Jel Classiﬁcation: A140, L000, L800.
Despite the variety of themes being treated on the analysis of journal contents over
the years (see Colander, 1989; Figlio, 1994; Goode, 1997; Heck and Zaleski, 1991;
Laband and Piette, 1994; Lovell, 1973; Lucas, 1995; Persson, 1998; Posner, 1997;
Strathman, 1992; Zivney and Bertin, 1992, among others), none of the articles
published in the journals listed in EconLit seems to have used the category of
Industrial Organization as the central area of study. Furthermore, no particular at-
tention has been given to the use of the Jel codes as a proxy for editorial preferences
and effective journal policy orientation. Finally, it would be interesting to compare
these practices between english and french publications.
The purpose of this study is an attempt to ﬁll this gap by evaluating for the
1991–1996 period, using the AEA EconLit database, the general editorial practices
in major journals towards a speciﬁc ﬁeld of specialization, namely “Industrial Or-
ganization”. To do so, a rate of multiple reference index (RMR) has been used to
determine the effective orientation of the editorial policy, as reﬂected by the relative
frequency of a type of article more likely to be published in each of the surveyed
The author would like to thank Stephen Martin, Dennis C. Mueller, William G. Shepherd and
two anonymous referees for helpful comments and suggestions on earlier versions of the paper.