Submitting to the journal

The Economic Journal welcomes submissions whether they be theoretical, applied, or orientated towards academics or policymakers. As well as providing the reader with a broad spectrum of high-quality, stimulating papers the Editorial Board is committed to providing rapid feedback to submitting authors.

Submission requirements

To be eligible to submit to The Economic Journal, authors must ensure that:

  • they are a member of the Royal Economic Society
  • they have included their name(s) on the paper
  • their submission is contained within one PDF file (including appendices, but not including cover letter or past reports)
  • any material not for publication is clearly marked.

Ethics and data policies

Authors should observe high standards with respect to publication best practice. Falsification or fabrication of data, plagiarism, including duplicate publication of the authors’ own work without proper citation, and misappropriation of work are all unacceptable practices. Any cases of ethical or publication malpractice are treated very seriously and will be managed in accordance with the Commission on Publication Ethics (COPE) guidelines. For more information please see the journal’s ethics policies.

The Economic Journal requires authors of empirical and experimental papers to provide documentation of how their results were obtained in sufficient detail and accuracy to allow their results to be replicated. When you submit a paper for consideration, you will be asked to confirm how you will comply with this policy. It is essential that you request data exemption at the point of submission if you are using proprietary data or there are any other restrictions on supplying the data. For more information please see the journal’s data policies.


All original articles are submitted and reviewed via the journal’s online manuscript submission system. New authors should create an account prior to submitting a manuscript for consideration.

To improve the speed and quality of decisions authors are encouraged to include editors' letters and referee reports from failed submissions at other journals. The editors reserve the right to use their own referees and provide these referees with copies of this correspondence.

Authors are asked to provide the relevant Journal of Economic Literature (JEL) codes when submitting via Editorial Express. Authors of accepted manuscripts are asked to consult and follow the Guide for Accepted Authors.

For further information on the journal’s policies, peer review processes, production workflow and licensing options, please visit the Instructions to Authors.

Peer Review, Confidentiality, and Editorial Handling


The overall guiding principle is that the editors are obliged to comply with best practice and recuse themselves from any potential situation where any conflict of interest could arise.


Examples of conflict of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • Managing Editors are recused from papers involving current colleagues and graduate students at the same institution regardless of department.
  • Managing Editors are recused from papers involving co-authors of current papers or papers published less than 5 years ago.
  • Managing Editors are recused from papers involving students that they advised within the last 10 years.
  • Managing Editors are recused from papers involving a family member or any other close personal of professional relationship which would potentially create a conflict of interest.
  • Managing Editors are not allowed to submit to the journal.