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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.)?

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  • Possible duplicate of Prestige of publishing in special vs regular journal issue. Commented Feb 4, 2017 at 21:07
  • "The volume is edited by the main Editorial Board, ensuring that publication standards are the same as for regular issues."
    – Karl
    Commented Feb 4, 2017 at 23:12
  • I'm aware of the other link, but the commenters are mostly from Computer Science and Mathematics, which have very different publishing cultures to Economics... Commented Feb 5, 2017 at 21:08

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This question was asked a long time ago but never got an answer. I'll try to answer it, to get it off the unanswered queue.

I'm a mathematician, who has written one paper in economics (and some in computer science, data science, biology, and criminology). My sense is that in economics (and also in math and theoretical cs) a paper in a conference proceedings is probably less valued than a journal publication. The general reasoning is that it's usually easier to get published in a conference proceeding, especially if your submission was invited.

As I wrote in my other answer, when I collaborated with an economist, we first sent it to a conference. Because of the deadline, we had to push to get the paper finished in time. Later, after the conference, we were able to go back and add more, improve the writing, do a more thorough literature review, etc., and submit to a journal. This seems to be the same way computer science does it: not all conference papers get upgraded to journal papers. Note that in econ and CS, publishing in a conference venue does not preclude you from publishing a journal article later (but usually it's expanded and improved).

That said, if you want to emphasize the quality of the venue, you could do so in either your CV or your research statement, e.g., with a footnote pointing out that "The volume is edited by the main Editorial Board, ensuring that publication standards are the same as for regular issues."

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