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Focus and Scope

Sri Lanka is currently facing many transitions: economic, epidemiological, demographic, technological and social. The world economy too is evolving, with technological progress, economic crises and social upheavals demanding more and alternative economic analyses. Both these factors make it imperative for economists in Sri Lanka and overseas, among the academic community as well as practitioners, to focus on economic research and its dissemination. The Sri Lanka Journal of Economic Research (SLJER), the international journal of the Sri Lanka Forum of University Economists, seeks to fulfil this mandate.

The SLJER is a refereed bi-annual tri-lingual journal published by Sri Lanka Forum of University Economists (SLFUE). It creates a space where research, particularly policy related research, can be disseminated and so contributes to the economic thinking in the country in this period. The critical evaluation of policy is essential if optimal use is to be made of the demographic window of opportunity. Equity and social welfare, the cornerstone of economic thinking in the country, and the challenges posed to such fundamentals by economic liberalization, globalization and technological progress make it vital to dwell on ideas and ideals, as well as to collate systematic evidence to support rational policy making. The aim of this journal then is to support such processes through dissemination and discussion.

The SLJER is open for publication of high quality research outputs of scholars, researchers and practitioners in Economics and Development Policy, even though it primarily provides an opportunity for authors presenting papers at the Sri Lanka Economic Research Conference, the annual international symposium of the Sri Lanka Forum of University Economists to disseminate the outcomes of their research. Apart from the research articles the journal carries a special section titled Perspectives which articulate alternative thinking and approaches to Economics. Book reviews are included as well.

All articles in this journal are subject to a rigorous double-blind peer-review process, followed by a thorough scrutiny by the Editorial Committee to ensure high academic and research standards prior to final acceptance for publication.

Sources of Support

The main source of funds is the International Economic Research Conference (SLERC) conducted every year by the Publisher organization, namely the Sri Lanka Forum of University Economists (SLFUE). Authors are requested to pay a registration fee to participate at the Conference. Sponsorships also are raised for the Conference, and the host University in the relevant year also provides gap financing. The Conference generates good quality research abstracts. Authors of those good quality abstracts are provided space with priority in the Journal for publication of the corresponding full research papers.

There is no fee charged from authors when publishing their papers in SLJER, nor is there any commercial selling of hard copies.

Sri Lanka Forum of University Economists (SLFUE)

The Sri Lanka Forum of University Economists was established in February, 2012 with the intention of enabling closer cooperation, dialogue, research and academic enhancement among the professionals in Economics serving in the Sri Lankan Universities. There are currently 36 member Departments and Units teaching Economics in the Sri Lankan University system. The Chair of the Forum rotates every year among the Departments in different universities in the country.

While the Forum is invaluable in terms of resource sharing, building of research capabilities, and curriculum development, the foremost event of the forum is its International Economics Research Conference (SLERC) conducted with the participation of national universities of Sri Lanka, enabling both academics and undergraduates to showcase their skills. This also serve as means of promoting recognition of academic Economists among academia, policy makers, industrialists and also the general public.

Publication Frequency

SLJER publishes one volume and two issues per year.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. There is no embargo on the journal’s publications.

Archiving Policy

This journal is available for LOCKSS harvesting, to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. See LOCKSS harvesting start page.

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