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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in LaTeX, Microsoft Word, or PDF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is one-half spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.

Author Guidelines

Types of Contributions

Academic articles (4000-8000 words, including a 150 word abstract and references. Longer pieces may be accepted if exceptional): submissions in the form of an original article or a critical survey whose subject falls within one or more of the research domains covered by the Journal. Please see below for specific requirements for Organization and Style.

Critical comments (length as necessary, but not longer than the original piece): submissions will take the form of a focused response to problematic aspects of a single article (or book review) previously published in the Journal. Comments should be written in such a way that they can be understood independently of the original article and in a style in keeping with the standards and ethos of scholarly debate.

Book reviews (1000-2000 words): submissions should be untitled except for complete bibliographical details of the work reviewed. Unsolicited book reviews will only be considered if the book falls clearly within the Journal's research domains and has been recently published (in the preceding 12-18 months). Book review essays, for example a thematic analysis of several books, will be considered as articles.

PhD thesis summaries (500-1000 words): authors must have completed formal PhD graduation within the preceding 12 months with a thesis that clearly falls within the research interests of the Journal. Submissions should include the complete name of the author, full title of the thesis, (language of the thesis, if not English), official name of the University and academic department, date of thesis defence, and names and affiliations of thesis supervisors.

Once you send us a contribution, one of the journal editors will be assigned to your paper and all further communication concerning it. You will receive an acknowledgement of your submission and you will be notified within a few weeks as to whether your paper has been passed on for peer review.

Guidelines on Organization and Style

Manuscripts accepted for publication must conform to the EJPE style, which is based on the Chicago Manual of Style, 16 ed. (2010). Contributions need not be in this style when submitted, but after a text is accepted for publication the author is expected to make the appropriate changes. Failure to follow these guidelines may result in the eventual rejection of your manuscript.

  • Manuscripts should be written in English (in any consistent spelling convention).
  • All contributions should be submitted in Microsoft Word format or LaTeX, using 12 point font, 1.2 spaced. Avoid the use of page-breaks, section-breaks, and automatic spacing between paragraphs in the document.
  • Articles should include an abstract up to 150 words, and a list of up to 6 keywords suitable for on-line searching purposes.
  • Jargon, acronyms, and abbreviations should be used only after identifying the complete name once, and preferably kept to a minimum.
  • Use a single (not double) space after a full stop.
  • (Brief) acknowledgements should be added as a footnote on the first page.
  • Authors of articles are requested to avoid any obvious self-reference within the text, footnotes, and document properties in the initial submission, to support the blind review process.

References, Quotations, and Footnotes

  • Citations should appear within the main text as (author year, page number), e.g. (Schelling 1978, 59).
  • Citations of works by two authors should include both names separated by "and", then the year, e.g. (Morgan and Morrison 1999). Use "et al." after the first name when there are four or more authors, e.g. (Heap et al. 1992).
  • Short quotations of less than four lines should be in double quotation marks, and followed by a bracketed reference, for example: "The two dogmas are, indeed, at root identical" (Quine 1953, 41).
  • Extended quotations of four lines or more should be indented (0.75 cm), single spaced, without quotation marks, and separated from the rest of the text by an additional line.
  • Conventions such as "ibid" or "op. cit." should not be used.
  • Substantive footnotes should be denoted by Arabic numbers and included at the bottom of the page.
  • Footnotes should not be used for citations and should not be excessive.
  • Articles and Book Reviews should include a complete bibliography at the end of the document, detailing every work actually cited in the text in the style illustrated below. Note: Do not use "et al." in the bibliography unless the number of authors is more than ten: spell out each author's name, including first name if known. If the number of authors is ten or more, list the first seven followed by “et al.”.


Hanfling, Oswald. 2000. Philosophy and Ordinary Language: The Bent and Genius of our Tongue. London: Routledge.

Publication date should appear, without parentheses, following the author. Book titles should be in italics.

Smith, Adam. (1776) 1981. An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations. Indianapolis, IN: Liberty Fund.

Austen, Jane. (1813) 2003. Pride and Prejudice. London: T. Egerton. Reprint, New York: Penguin Classics. Citations refer to the Penguin edition.

Darwin, Charles. (1859) 1964. On the Origin of Species. Facsimile of the first edition, with an introduction by Ernest Mayr. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Reprinted books should include the year of reprint and the original year of publication in brackets.


Walsh, Vivian. 2003. “Sen after Putnam.” Review of Political Economy 12 (1): 5–25.

Article titles should appear with quotation marks. 12 is the volume and (1) is the issue number. Complete page numbers for the article should follow the colon without "pp".

Book Chapters

Blaug, Mark. 2002. “Ugly Currents in Modern Economics.” In Fact and Fiction in Economics, edited by Uskali Mäki, 35–56. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Be sure to include the page numbers for the entire chapter.

Working Papers

Krugman, Paul, and Robert Lawrence. 1993. “Trade, Jobs, and Wages.” NBER Working Paper No. 4478. National Bureau of Economic Research, Cambridge, MA.

For working papers the city and state follow rather than precede the publisher.


Alliance for Linguistic Diversity. n.d. "Balkan Romani." Endangered Languages. Accessed April 6, 2016. http://www.endangeredlanguages.com/lang/5342.

Other Notes

  • Authors must have permission to publish any materials for which they do not own the copyright.
  • At the proof stage, authors can only make typographical changes to the manuscript.
  • Authors are responsible for correct spelling, grammar, and other aspects of style that may affect the clarity and accessibility of the text. However, the editors may actively edit for these if necessary.

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