Submissions

Submission Guidelines

The Review of Economic Studies receives more than 1600 new submissions per year. To assist the Editorial Office in prompt processing of this high volume of papers authors are requested to follow these guidelines.

Fees

Starting April 1 2016, the Review of Economic Studies is introducing a submission fee of $100 per new submission. Resubmissions will not be subject to this fee, except for ‘reject and resubmits’, which will be subject to the fee.

The motivation for this change is to raise revenue so as to cover increased costs. Over the last decade the annual number of new submissions to the Review has more than doubled, from 700 to more than 1600. This increase in new papers reflects our success in the sense that submitting to the Review has become more attractive. However, it has also increased the cost of running the journal. To handle the higher volume of papers, the Review has increased the editorial team from four managing editors in 2009 to seven today.

The costs associated with this increase could be financed either by increasing the price charged to libraries or by introducing a submission fee. We find the submission fee alternative most reasonable.

Note that payment of the submission fee does not guarantee that a full review process is going to be carried out. Prior to deciding whether to take the time-consuming step of sending a manuscript to referees, the editors review each manuscript to make sure it is appropriate for the journal and that it has a sufficiently high chance of receiving a favorable review. If not, the editor in charge determines that the paper is not appropriate for the Review and that it would not be a good use of the referees’ time or the author’s time to send the manuscript to outside reviewers. This process requires some time input from the editors, which is why our policy is to charge the submission fee even for papers that are not subject to a full review process.

Sincerely,

the Directors of the Review of Economic Studies,

Nicola Fuchs-Schündeln, Imran Rasul, Kjetil Storesletten, Silvana Tenreyro, and Georg Weizsäcker

 

Submissions and Resubmissions

Submission procedure

Please read these instructions carefully and follow them closely to ensure that the review and publication of your paper is as efficient and quick as possible. The Editors reserve the right to return manuscripts that are not in accordance with these instructions.

Authors should submit new and revised manuscripts online at:

http://editorialexpress.com/restud

where they will be guided through a simple and secure procedure which will enable them to unload their papers, along with any supporting material, and also enter or update their personal details. Manuscripts are evaluated by the Review of Economic Studies on the understanding that they have been submitted solely to it and that they have not been previously published or previously accepted for publication in other scientific journals either in whole or in part.

Guidelines on Editorial Assignments and Conflicts of Interest

In order to guarantee a fair review process to all authors, the Review of Economic Studies adopts strict guidelines to avoid professional conflicts of interests in the allocation of submissions to managing editors. In particular, the Review does not allow its managing editors to handle submissions by advisors, advisees, current and recent colleagues, coauthors (with a 10 year grace period), or any other authors whose personal or professional ties to an editor may call into question the integrity of the review process. Managing editors are expected to disclose and discuss any assignment that might violate the Review’s conflict of interest guidelines, but retain the right to make allocation decisions as necessary on a case-by-case basis. In case of doubt, the current team of editors has adopted a strict interpretation of the policy and reassigned papers when there are the slightest concerns about a possible conflict of interest. These paper allocations cannot be appealed by submitting authors, nor will managing editors discuss the rationale for their decisions with authors. We tend to apply the same rules when allocating papers to referees.

Submitting authors may make a suggestion for the editorial assignment. The editorial team tries to respect these suggestions as long as they are compatible with editorial workloads and expertise, but must void any suggestion that violates the Review’s conflict of interest rules.

Manuscript Length

Although the Review does not impose a strict page limit, editors reserve the right to summarily reject papers they perceive to be extremely long.

Data Availability Policy

Authors of accepted papers that contain empirical work, numerical simulations, or experimental work must in principle make available to the journal any data, programs, and details for the computations necessary for replication.  The submission of this material indicates that authors license users to download, copy, and modify it.  Such users must acknowledge all authors as the original creators and the Review of Economic Studies as the original publisher.  These will be posted alongside the article at Oxford Journals Review Archive. The Managing Editor should be notified at the time of submission if the above requirements cannot be met for any reason (see details below).  We reserve the right to refuse publication of papers whose authors do not comply with these requirements.

As soon as possible after receiving instructions from the Journal Manager, authors of accepted papers are expected to send their data, programs, and sufficient details to permit replication, in electronic form, to the Review office. Questions regarding any aspect of this policy should be forwarded to the Journal Manager.

Econometric and Simulation Papers

Upon acceptance, authors should provide data set(s) and computer programs used in the work. If intermediate data sets and programs used for the composition of the final data set are not submitted, authors are expected to provide a description of the final data set construction and to cooperate with investigators seeking to conduct a replication.  Data files and programs can be provided in any format using any statistical package or software.  A Readme PDF file listing all included files and documenting the purpose and format of each file should be provided.

Readme files should include information on the operating system-software version combination used in the analysis and ideally an estimate for computation time (possibly with hardware specifications used in the execution of the programs).  Programs that rely on random number generators should set seeds to allow replication.  If it is necessary to execute programs in a particular order, this should be made explicit in the Readme files.

The Managing Editors acknowledge that practical difficulties in complying with this policy may exist, as with proprietary datasets with limited access or public use data sets that require consent forms to be signed before use.  Exemptions in such cases are possible, but authors must provide interested investigators the necessary information on how to obtain the data (even if the data are provided by a third party at a monetary cost).  This information should be provided in the Readme PDF file and a copy of the relevant programs to generate the final results is still required.  In some specific cases, computer programs may have value in themselves and the authors may not make them public. Similarly, there may be compelling reasons to restrict usage, and if Managing Editors agree, we will post a notice on the web site regarding such restrictions.

Requests for exemptions should be clearly stated when the article is first submitted.  The article will then be reviewed at the discretion of the Managing Editors.  Exceptions will not be considered later in the review and publication process.

Experimental Papers

Procedural information is relevant to evaluate the potential publication of experimental papers.  For this reason, we expect authors of (field or laboratory) experimental papers to provide the following supplementary materials at the time of submission:

  1. Original instructions. These should be provided in full as an appendix and possibly summarised in the discussion of the experimental design. These should be presented in a way that allows the design to be replicated by a reasonably skilled experimentalist. If any accompanying materials, such as experimental instructions, are not written in English, then a translation should be provided.
  2. In the discussion of the experimental design, the submitted manuscript must provide information about subject eligibility or selection, such as exclusions based on past participation in experiments, college major, etc.

Upon acceptance, authors are expected to provide the following additional information:

  1. Computer programs, configuration files, or scripts used to run the experiment and/or to analyse the data. As with Econometric and Simulation papers, information on operating system-software version combination should be provided. (This does not include compilers, such as ztree, that are publicly available.)
  2. The raw data from the experiment. Aside from properly summarising those in the submitted manuscript, the data should be provided upon acceptance of the manuscript, with sufficient explanation to make it possible to use the submitted computer programs to replicate the data analysis.

As with Econometric and Simulation papers, we understand that there may be a need for exceptions for confidentiality or related reasons.  In such cases, when the paper is first submitted, authors should clearly state that certain data or other material cannot or will not be made available, and an explanation should be provided.  In such cases, it is understood that interested investigators may contact the authors to negotiate the use of the data for replication purposes.

Requests for exemptions should be clearly stated when the article is first submitted.  The article will then be reviewed at the discretion of the Managing Editors.  Exceptions will not be considered later in the review and publication process.

Other information, such as applications to Institutional Review Boards, consent forms, or Web signup and disclosure forms, are not required or expected.

Manuscript format and structure

Authors should upload a single PDF file containing the complete manuscript (i.e. title page, abstract, text, figures and tables), as this makes the reviewing process easier for Editors and referees. This applies to the original version of the manuscript and any revised versions. Due to figure file size constraints, you may have to submit separate files for figures. The location of Tables and Figures should be indicated in the text.

Please also include the files for any other supplementary material to be submitted with your manuscript. It is recommended that authors spell-check all files before submission.

The first page of the manuscript must give: title of paper, contributor names, and the full address (including email) of the author designated to receive proofs/correspondence. An abstract of no more than 150 words should be included with all submissions. The name of the author(s) should appear at the beginning immediately under the title, with an asterisked footnote giving the present position of the author(s) and an address (including email) for contact by readers, together with any desired acknowledgements. Headings should be to journal style. Compound words should be hyphenated. Authors are responsible for checking the accuracy of all footnotes and references.

Title page
The title should be short, specific and informative. The first name, initial(s), and surname of each author should be followed by his or her department, institution, city with postcode, and country. The fax, telephone number and Email address of the corresponding author should also be provided. It is editorial policy to list only one author for correspondence. Any changes of address may be given next to the Affiliations or Acknowledgements.

Abbreviations
Non-standard abbreviations should be defined at the first occurrence and introduced only where multiple use is made. Authors should not use abbreviations in headings.

Acknowledgements
Acknowledgements and details of non-financial support must be included at the end of the text before references and not in footnotes. Personal acknowledgements should precede those of institutions or agencies. Please note that acknowledgement of funding bodies and declarations regarding conflict of interest should be given in separate Funding and Conflict of interest sections, respectively.

Tables
All tables should be on separate pages and accompanied by a title, and footnotes where necessary. The tables should be numbered consecutively using Arabic numerals. Units in which results are expressed should be given in parentheses at the top of each column and not repeated in each line of the table. Ditto signs are not used. Avoid overcrowding the tables and the excessive use of words. The format of tables should be in keeping with that normally used by the journal; in particular, vertical lines, coloured text and shading should not be used. Please be certain that the data given in tables are correct.

Empirical papers
For econometric and simulation papers, the authors should provide at least:

  • The data set(s) and programs used to run the final models. The data files can be provided in any standard format; the programs can be written in any standard programming language (including higher-level languages).
  • A description of how previous intermediate data sets and programs were employed to create the final data set(s).
  • A description of the purpose of each data set and program.

Both description files should be provided in PDF format.

Experimental papers
We normally expect authors of experimental articles to supply the following materials:

  • The design summary of the experiment.
  • The original instructions given to the subjects.
  • Information about subject eligibility or selection.
  • Any computer programs, configuration files or scripts used to run the experiment and/or to analyse the data.
  • The raw data from the experiment, with sufficient explanation to make it possible to use the submitted computer programs to replicate the data analysis.

On each of these five points, a summary should be given in the manuscript of the paper and a complete version should be provided before publication for posting on the Review web site.

Again, any description should be provided in a PDF format file.

The case of proprietary data
As a matter of principle, we discourage papers that rely on completely proprietary data. Authors who feel that they can raise an exception should discuss this with the Editors. On the other hand, we will consider papers that are based on data that can only be available at some cost (either monetary or because access to the data is limited, e.g. to some Research Data Center). In that case, the authors must still provide all programs and instructions a researcher would require to replicate their paper once (s)he has access to the data.

Resubmissions

Please note that the editorial team reserves the right to treat ‘revise and resubmit’ papers as new submissions after two years.

Papers newly accepted for publication

The next step…

Upon receiving their final acceptance decision, Ann Law at the Editorial Office (ann.law@restud.com) will contact authors as soon as possible to give them instructions on how to send files for publication purposes and any other data necessary to support their paper.

Data availability

Please make sure that you have read our policy on data availability (above). Failure to comply with its terms could delay or even prevent publication of your paper.

Copyright Assignment

Authors will be required to assign copyright in their paper to the Review of Economic Studies Limited. Copyright assignment is a condition of publication and papers will not be passed to the publisher for production unless copyright has been assigned. Government employees need to complete the Author Warranty sections, although copyright in such cases does not need to be assigned.

If you have any questions relating to these guidelines please contact Ann Law (ann.law@restud.com).