The Future of
Scholarly Communications in Economics
Workshop, ZBW Hamburg, March 30–31, 2015


In recent years, scholarly communication has changed in several ways in response to the growth of the internet, for example open access to research findings and research data has become much more common. Moreover the Web has given rise to new forms of scholarly communication like collaborating and commenting on papers and evaluating and publishing of papers via social media channels, blogs, wikis, and scientific networks. These internet-driven changes to the research process are affecting the roles of publishers, libraries, and scientific communities.

Our workshop, co-organized by the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW) and the Leibniz Information Centre for Economics (ZBW) affiliated with the Leibniz Research Alliance Science 2.0, wants to address these issues with several interesting presentations from economists and information scientists.


Workshop Committee
  • Mark McCabe (Boston University and University of Michigan)
  • Dennis Snower (Kiel Institute for the World Economy)
  • Klaus Tochtermann (ZBW Leibniz Information Centre for Economics)
  • Justus Haucap (Heinrich Heine-University of Duesseldorf)


Program and Presentations

Workshop “The Future of Scholarly Communication in Economics”

March 3031, 2015, ZBW, Hamburg, Germany


(Please click on the paper titles below to download the paper presentation as PDF-files or on the link to full papers)

March 30, 2015


Welcome Address: Korinna Werner-Schwarz, Kiel Institute for World Economics, Managing Editor of "Economics - The Open Access, Open Assessment E-Journal"

Welcome Address: Klaus Tochtermann, ZBW Leibniz Information Centre for Economics

Workshop Opening: Mark McCabe, Boston University and  University of Michigan


Keynote Speech: Opening Access to Research, Mark Armstrong, Oxford University


I. Challenges in the Publication Process: Advanced Peer  Review and New Journal Formats

·         Sacred Cows in Research Evaluation and How to Overcome Them, Bruno S. Frey, Zeppelin University Friedrichshafen; Margit Osterloh, CREMA, Zurich


Coffee Break


·         Replication in Economics: A Progress Report, Maren Duvendack, University of East Anglia (joint work with Richard W. Palmer-Jones, University of East Anglia; W. Robert Reed, University of Canterbury) full paper

·        On the Need for a Replication Journal, Christian Zimmermann, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

II. Features of Scholarly Communication: Citations and Data

·      The hybrid open access citation advantage: How many more cites is a $3,000 fee buying you?, Frank Müller-Langer, Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, Munich (joint work with Richard Watt, University of Canterbury, New Zealand)


Dinner (Restaurant “Parlament”, Hamburg Town Hall)

March 31, 2015


·         Of Visibility and Cites: An Analysis of Order Effects in NBER Weekly Email Announcements, Patrick Gaule, CERGE-EI, Prague (joint work with Daniel Feenberg, NBER; Ina Ganguli, University of Massachusetts Amherst; Jonathan Gruber, MIT)


Coffee Break


III. New Collaboration Possibilities: Social Networks and Social Media

·         Friends in Central Places—The Value of Formal and Informal Intellectual Collaboration, Michael Rose, ASP, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (joint work with Co-Pierre Georg, University of Cape Town)

·        Quo Vadis German Scholarly Communication in Economics? An Analysis on the Use of Social Media, Isabella Peters and Athanasios Mazarakis (ZBW Leibniz Information Centre for Economics) full paper


Wrap-Up of the Workshop and Farewell: Mark McCabe, Boston University and University of Michigan







If you have any requests concerning the workshop, please contact:

Korinna Werner-Schwarz (program related issues)
Phone: +49 431 8814-226


Olaf Siegert (local organization)
Phone: +49 40 42834-290