Below are some resources that I found helpful when starting in academia.
How to write economics?
These two are a good starting point:
- John H. Cochrane’s ‘Writing tips for PhD. Students’. You will also find tips on how to do empirical work and how to present your research.
- Deidre McCloskey’s great article in Economic Inquiry. She turned it into a book, which got its own summary.
There are also guides about non-fiction writing in general. I particularly enjoyed On Writing Well by William Zinsser. Lots of small and big tips on how to write non-fiction properly.
What is the journal ranking?
Some rankings try to capture the feeling of the community, such as:
- The Keele list, here hosted on Daniel Zizzo’s website. It also summarises other popular rankings, such as the ‘blue ribbon’ journals and the Diamond list.
- The Handelsblatt ranking (here in pdf). Probably the most simple of all.
Other rankings are inferred from some data:
- The most famous is probably RePEc/IDEAS. You can select between different flavours, for example the aggregate ranking for the past 10 years. But RePEc only counts papers from registered authors, which can bias the results.
- This paper uses citation count:
Kalaitzidakis, Pantelis, Theofanis P. Mamuneas, and Thanasis Stengos (2011) “An updated ranking of academic journals in economics.” Canadian Journal of Economics/Revue canadienne d’économique, 44(4): 1525-1538
- Arne Hole used data from the REF in the UK:
How to review papers?
Two recent papers will tell you all you need to know:
Berk, Jonathan B., Campbell R. Harvey, and David Hirshleifer (2017) “How to Write an Effective Referee Report and Improve the Scientific Review Process.” Journal of Economic Perspectives, 31(1): 231-44
How to navigate the job market?
The most famous guide is John Cawley’s, here in its 2016-2017 edition. It is targeted to the US job market but most of the advice also applies to Europe.
Some other good resources:
- A summary by Chicago
- ‘Tips on how to avoid disaster in presentations’ by Monika Piazzesi
- Claudia Steinwender’s ‘Insights on the job market’
- Johannes Pfeifer’s website lists many more
Professional etiquette and miscellaneous
Daniel Hamermesh wrote great articles about the economic profession. This one is a classic:
It is a little bit outdated (“Nearly all journals send an acknowledging postcard when your paper is received”) but still contains solid advice.
Daniel Hamermesh published two other papers in the same vein:
If you want to dig deeper in economic writing, Deidre McCloskey has another great article on the rhetoric of economics:
Have a look at the list on Masayuki Kudamatsu’s website for many more links.