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Launch of new publication “International Journal of Central Banking”

26 July 2004

The European Central Bank today announced plans to support the development of a new publication focused on central bank theory and practice and issued a call for research papers. The International Journal of Central Banking (IJCB) will be a joint project of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), the European Central Bank, and each of the Group of Ten (G-10) with participation expected from other central banks. The G-10 central banks are the Bank of Canada, Bank of England, Bank of France, Bank of Italy, Bank of Japan, Deutsche Bundesbank, Federal Reserve Board, National Bank of Belgium, Netherlands Bank, Sveriges Riksbank, and Swiss National Bank.

The IJCB will publish refereed articles of high analytical quality for a professional audience. The journal will feature policy-relevant articles on any aspect of the theory and practice of central banking, with special emphasis on research bearing on monetary and financial stability. The objectives of the IJCB are to disseminate widely the best policy-relevant and applied research on central banking and to promote communication among researchers both inside and outside of central banks.

Federal Reserve Board Governor Ben S. Bernanke will serve as the initial managing editor, and will work with designees from the sponsoring institutions to develop the journal. Vítor Gaspar, Director General, DG Research, has agreed to serve as .the European Central Bank’s representative to the journal’s governing committee. European Central Bank economist Dr. Frank Smets and Bank of Japan Policy Board Member Dr. Kazuo Ueda will serve as IJCB co-editors. The journal board will appoint additional co-editors as well as a small group of associate editors to help co-ordinate solicitation and review of articles.

The BIS will host the journal’s web site, which will be accessible to readers free of charge. Print copies will be available by subscription. The IJCB board held its initial meeting on July 6, 2004 and has a goal of publishing the first quarterly issue in early 2005.

A formal call for research papers is attached. Questions about the submission process may be directed to BDM-IJCB-Editor@frb.gov or mailed to: Managing Editor, International Journal of Central Banking, MS-127, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Washington, DC 20551. Submission guidelines for authors are available at http://gemini.econ.umd.edu/ijcb.

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