The Econometric Society which publishes Econometrica, one of the top 4 academic journals in Economics has taken under its wing the fledgling journal Theoretical Economics and the first issue under the ES umbrella has just been publishedTE has rapidly become among the top specialized journals for economic theory and it stands out in one very important respect.  All of its content is and always will be freely available and publicly licensed.

Bootstrapping a reputation for a new journal in a crowded field is by itself almost impossible.  TE has managed to do this without charging for access,  on a minimal budget supported essentially by donations plus modest submission fees,  and with the help of a top-notch board of editors who embraced our mission.  There is no doubt that the community rallied around our goal of changing the world of academic publishing and it worked.

This is just a start.  Already the ES is launching a new open-access field journal with an empirical orientation, Quantitative Economics. Open Access is here to stay.

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