I have a nice and (I think) significant result. I would like to publish it, but I have no idea how. It's a proof of an optimal institutional structure. Who do I contact?

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    $\begingroup$ Are you a student? Undergrad/grad? Do you know anyone in the field? Without some context, there is little concrete advice anyone could give you. $\endgroup$ Jun 17, 2018 at 13:44
  • $\begingroup$ I think you'd get more helpful responses if you asked on Academia Stack Exchange. $\endgroup$ Jun 17, 2018 at 15:05

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If your paper is rigorous enough, you might want to submit it to a peer-reviewed specialized journal. Journals pertaining to Economics are the Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Macroeconomics, The Economic Journal, and many others. Many of these journals have a link for writers to submit their paper and a "guide for authors". Likewise, search on Google for Call For Papers.

The question by @MichaelGreinecker (whether you know anyone in the field) makes me wonder whether being accepted for publication also depends on having connections with the editorial, rather than being exclusively a matter of rigor of the research.

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    $\begingroup$ No, being accepted for publication does not depend on having connections with the editorial; it's that if bEPIK knew people in the field, they could ask them to work out whether it is publishable or not, and if so, to mentor them through the process of writing it up as a paper, and/or co-author with them. $\endgroup$
    – 410 gone
    Jun 17, 2018 at 17:28
  • $\begingroup$ Exactly what @EnergyNumbers wrote. $\endgroup$ Jun 17, 2018 at 20:22
  • $\begingroup$ Just to add my 1 cent: In statistics, and I'm confident that it's true for economics also, the journal that you submit to is often the deciding factor for whether it is accepted. An applied statistics paper is not going to be accepted by annals of statistics or biometrika and a theoretical paper is not going to be accepted by technometrics or quality control. So, you need to get your paper categorized by yourself or someone who has experience in publishing before you submit. The process can be quite difficult so expect a wild ride in terms of revisions then re-submissions etc. good luck. $\endgroup$
    – mark leeds
    Jun 17, 2018 at 22:17
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    $\begingroup$ @EnergyNumbers: "being accepted for publication does not depend on having connections with the editorial". That is the noble ideal but unfortunately not one that is always achieved. Connections and cronyism crop up in every walk of life, including academic economics. $\endgroup$
    – user18
    Jun 18, 2018 at 1:55
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    $\begingroup$ Another important factor that "shouldn't" matter but unfortunately does is your reputation. A work of genius that comes out of nowhere is less likely to be published than a piece of junk by a Nobel laureate. (One well-known example is Akerlof's lemons paper, submitted when Akerlof was a "nobody", first rejected by the AER for being "trivial", then rejected by the JPE for being "wrong". This problem is probably more severe today than in the 1960s.) $\endgroup$
    – user18
    Jun 18, 2018 at 2:09

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