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.


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.


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

Authors should submit new and revised manuscripts online at:

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 Reviews’ 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, authors of accepted papers are expected to send their data, programs, and sufficient details to permit replication, in electronic form, to the Review office. Please send the files via e-mail to Ann Law (, indicating the manuscript number. Questions regarding any aspect of this policy should be forwarded to the Editors at the same email address.

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 programmes).  Programmes that rely on random number generators should set seeds to allow replication.  If it is necessary to execute programmes 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.


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…

Ann Law at the Editorial Office (  will contact authors as soon as possible after receiving their final acceptance decision for 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 (