Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, 21:2, 203±214, 2000
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Individual and Institutional Contributors to the Journal
of Real Estate Finance and Economics: 1988±1999
Center for Urban Real Estate, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois 60607-7123
GEOFFREY K. TURNBULL
Department of Economics, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70803-6306
This article identi®es the individuals and institutions contributing the research published in the Journal of Real
Estate Finance and Economics during its ®rst 12 years. Consistent with the trend in many ®elds, coauthorship has
increased during the period. The top individual contributors vary across six-year periods as well as whether
measured by appearances or pages. The concentration of publications by the top individuals has decreased over
time. Unlike individuals, the top institutions are not sensitive to whether measured by appearances or pages or to
whether measured using contemporaneous or current faculty af®liations. The breadth of the journal appears to be
growing; contributions by universities outside the United States and by private ®rms and organizations have risen
during the 12 years.
Key Words: publishing, research ranking, author ranking, institutions ranking
The Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics has established itself as an important
and respected outlet for academic real estate research within a very short period of time
Diaz et al. (1996). It has become a comprehensive reference, covering the major topic
areas and analytical techniques in real estate ®nance and the related areas of housing and
urban economics. We take the opportunity of the journal having completed its nineteenth
volume and twelfth year to examine the mix of individuals and institutions contributing
the research published in JREFE.
This survey covers the almost 12-year period from April 1988 through December 1999
(volume 19, number 3). The journal published one volume of four issues per year through
1992. Beginning in 1993, JREFE increased to two volumes of three issues per year, a
pattern that has continued through 1999.
The rapid rise of the journal into prominence is at least in part attributable to an editorial
policy that has been consistent with the long-term goals of the founding editors. The
founding editors, James B. Kau and C. F. Sirmans, have served in that capacity throughout
the entire time period. Edwin S. Mills joined as an editor with volume 4 in March 1991.