I had a working paper accepted for the Royal Economic Society which entitles people who are accepted to submit their paper for consideration for a special "Conference Issue" of the Economic Journal. On the website of the Economic Journal it states:
Papers accepted and presented at the RES Annual Conference are eligible for consideration for publication in the Conference Issue of the Journal.
The volume is edited by the main Editorial Board, ensuring that publication standards are the same as for regular issues.
Papers accepted for this year's conference volume will be published in May the following year. Turn-around times are very swift. Papers are submitted in April and final decisions are made between September and December.
Given the quick turn-aroud times and the prestige of the Economic Journal it would seem to be a good thing to submit it to their special Conference Issue. However, I do not know if it counts for less because it is a special Conference Issue? In which it might be better to submit to a different journal as a "general paper" (I'm thinking World Development, e.g.)?