Notes for Contributors

1. The policy of the Editors is to publish the best papers in economics from any field, be they theoretical, applied or empirical. To be acceptable for publication, they should make a substantial contribution to the subject, be technically well-crafted and be of broad interest to economists at large. No paper will be rejected solely on the grounds of being too, technical, or too applied.

To assist the general reader, the Editors require that authors take care to motivate their work and to communicate their contribution in a clear manner.

2. Any article or note should be submitted via the website. Overlong papers will be returned without consideration. Contributors are asked to submit an abstract, not exceeding 100 words, a list of keywords (each word not to exceed 20 characters) indicating the contents of the article, and the relevant Journal of Economic Literature classification number(s). Please include any appendices and supplemental material for referees (even if the material is not meant to be published) in a single PDF-file with your paper.

3. When setting out mathematical equations, contributors are asked to conform to the conventions adopted in recent articles published in the ECONOMIC JOURNAL. The full mathematical workings necessary for justifying each step of the argument should accompany all articles of a mathematical character, in order to assist the referee. These workings will not be published.

4. Statistical tables should be clearly headed and the reader should be able to understand the meaning of each row or column without hunting in the text for explanations of symbols, etc. Units of measurement, base-dates for index numbers, geographical area covered and sources should be clearly stated. Authors are fully responsible for the accuracy of the data and for checking their proofs; whenever they feel that the referee would have difficulty in testing the derivation of their statistics, they should provide supplementary notes on the methods used. These will not be published.

5. Diagrams should be clearly drawn and accompanied by the basic statistics that were required for their preparation; the axes must be clearly labelled; the reader must be able to understand the diagrams without hunting in the text for explanations. Make sure that the messages you want to convey are clear, as the diagram is likely to be reduced for printing. Use just a few round numbers in the axes; make sure lines and shading will look clearly different in black and white.

6. Bibliographical references should be carefully checked, and complete in respect of the year and the place of publication. If a bibliographical list is given, it should follow the style used in this issue.

7. Please follow UK (not US) English usage and spelling throughout including ‘ise’ and not ‘ize’. Submission is free to members of the Royal Economic Society. Non-members who wish to submit a paper must join the society. Submission of an article is taken as an implicit agreement that the work will not be submitted simultaneously to any other publication.

Send us your past reports. To improve the speed and quality of decisions we encourage authors when submitting to us to include editors’ letters and referee reports from failed submissions at other journals. We, of course, reserve the right to use our own referees and provide our referees with copies of this correspondence but believe this step will be attractive to authors and further speed up the submission process.

Comments on Published Articles. Short notes on published articles will no longer be considered for inclusion in the ECONOMIC JOURNAL. Notes of this form should be directed to the relevant author, and, if publication is desired, sent to alternative journals. However, substantive responses to published articles, which can stand as independent research in their own right will be considered and should be submitted through the normal channels with a short note commenting on the relevant original article.

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