About the SCB
The Survey of Current Business (SCB) has served since the early 1920s as the journal of record for the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), offering a variety of articles monthly, including detailed presentations about recent data releases, explanations of annual and benchmark updates, explanations of key methodologies, updates about in-development data sets, relevant research by BEA economists, briefings on key issues, and ongoing statistical and related innovations in general. Tables, charts, and links to interactive data sets, which include charting and mapping functions, are included with just about every article.
For the many corporate, governmental, and academic users of our data, the SCB is essential reading. A Google Scholar query makes clear that SCB articles have long been widely cited by economists and other authors. Our articles are published in the public domain, and the information may be used without specific permission; however, we ask authors to cite our articles when appropriate. (See guidelines for citing the SCB.)
The SCB is published every month on the BEA Web site, providing articles in interactive HTML format as well as in PDF format. In addition, every issue historically is available in our online archive, available to the public at no charge, along with a search engine. The BEA subscription service allows users to sign up for an email notification when new issues are published.
BEA welcomes your comments, questions, and suggestions about the SCB. Please contact the Editor-in-Chief, James Kim, via email.