Managerial and Decision Economics

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Edited By: Antony Dnes

Online ISSN: 1099-1468


Author Guidelines


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Author Guidelines


Manuscript Submission. Managerial and Decision Economics operates an online submission and peer review system that allows authors to submit articles online and track their progress via a web interface (ScholarOne Manuscripts). Please read the remainder of these instructions to authors and then click http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/mde to navigate to the Managerial and Decision Economics online submission site.

All papers must be submitted via the online system.

File types. Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are .doc, .rtf, .ppt, .xls. LaTeX files may be submitted provided that an .eps or .pdf file is provided in addition to the source files. Figures may be provided in .tiff or .eps format.

Important information for authors using LaTeX. If you have used LaTeX to prepare your manuscript you should observe the following instructions:

  • Initial submission: For reviewing purposes you should upload either an .eps, .pdf or .rtf created from your source files.

  • Submission of a revised manuscript: When submitting your revision you must still upload an .eps, .pdf or .rtf for reviewing purposes. In addition you must upload your LaTeX source files. If your manuscript is accepted for publication we will use the files you upload to typeset your article within a totally digital workflow.


Online Open

OnlineOpen is available to authors of primary research articles who wish to make their article available to non-subscribers on publication, or whose funding agency requires grantees to archive the final version of their article. With OnlineOpen, the author, the author's funding agency, or the author's institution pays a fee to ensure that the article is made available to non-subscribers upon publication via Wiley Online Library, as well as deposited in the funding agency's preferred archive. For the full list of terms and conditions, see http://wileyonlinelibrary.com/onlineopen#OnlineOpen_Terms.

Any authors wishing to send their paper OnlineOpen will be required to complete the payment form available from our website at: https://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/onlineopen_order.asp

Prior to acceptance there is no requirement to inform an Editorial Office that you intend to publish your paper OnlineOpen if you do not wish to. All OnlineOpen articles are treated in the same way as any other article. They go through the journal's standard peer-review process and will be accepted or rejected based on their own merit.

Copyright and Permissions

  • Copyright Transfer Agreement

    If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Author Services; where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

    For authors signing the copyright transfer agreement

    If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the copyright transfer agreement (CTA) to sign. The terms and conditions of the CTA can be previewed in the samples associated with the Copyright FAQs below:

    CTA Terms and Conditions

    For authors choosing OnlineOpen

    If the OnlineOpen option is selected the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons License Open Access Agreements (OAA):

    Creative Commons Attribution License OAA

    Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA

    Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA

    To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services and visit http://www.wileyopenaccess.com/details/content/12f25db4c87/Copyright--License.html.

    If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit: http://www.wiley.com/go/funderstatement.

  • Permission grants - if the manuscript contains extracts, including illustrations, from other copyright works (including material from on-line or intranet sources) it is the author's responsibility to obtain written permission from the owners of the publishing rights to reproduce such extracts using the Wiley Permission Request Form .

Submission of a manuscript will be held to imply that it contains original unpublished work and is not being submitted for publication elsewhere at the same time.

Manuscript style. The language of the journal is English. All submissions must have a title and have a margin of 3 cm all round. The journal operates a double-blind review process whereby Reviewers and Authors names are screened from each other. Please pay close attention to the instructions below. Illustrations and tables must not be incorporated into the text.


Main Document (Inc figures and tables)

The main manuscript files must be anonymous. MDE operates on a blind peer review process therefore any Author affiliations, acknowledgements and any other items that could be used to identify the author(s) should be restricted to the Title Page and NOT in the main document.

If you wish to cite your previous work please do NOT describe as “my earlier work” or “My previous paper” etc. in the main document but instead referrer to it as in the third person e.g. Brown, 2013.

Please confirm that you have removed all identifying information from the main manuscript before submitting to MDE (Please NOTE: Acknowledgements should be placed on the title page and NOT in the main document).

  • The title page must list the full title and short title only.

  • Supply an abstract of up to 100 words for all articles. An abstract is a concise summary of the whole paper, not just the conclusions, and is understandable without reference to the rest of the paper. It should contain no citation to other published work.

  • Footnotes to the text should be numbered consecutively with superior Arabic numerals.


Supplemental file

  • Names and affiliations of all authors must be provided in a separate document given the designation - Supplemental Material.

  • Do NOT incorporate into your main document.

  • Give the full address, including email, telephone and fax, of the author who is to check the proofs.

  • Include the name(s) of any sponsor(s) of the research contained in the paper, along with grant number(s).


Reference style. References should be quoted in the text as name and year within brackets and listed at the end of the paper alphabetically. Where reference is made to more than one work by the same author published in the same year, identify each citation in the text as follows: (French, 1998a), (French, 1998b). Where three or more authors are listed in the reference list, please cite in the text as (French et al., 1998)

All references must be complete and accurate. Online citations should include date of access. If necessary, cite unpublished or personal work in the text but do not include it in the reference list. References should be listed in the following style:

Shepherd WG. 1984. Contestability vs competition. American Economic Review 74: 572-587.

Mansfield E. 1982. Technology Transfer, Productivity, and Economic Policy, WW Norton: New York.

Grossman SJ, Hart OD. 1982. Corporate financial structure and managerial incentives. In The Economics of Information and Uncertainty, McCall JJ (ed). University of Chicago Press: Chicago and London; 107-137.

The Geriatric Website. 1999. Available at http://www.wiley.com/oap/ [accessed on 1 April 1999]

Illustrations. Upload each figure as a separate file in either .tiff or .eps format, with the lead author's name, the figure number and the top of the figure indicated. Compound figures e.g. 1a, b, c should be uploaded as one figure. Tints are not acceptable. Lettering must be of a reasonable size that would still be clearly legible upon reduction, and consistent within each figure and set of figures. Where a key to symbols is required, please include this in the artwork itself, not in the figure legend. All illustrations must be supplied at the correct resolution:

  • Black and white and colour photos - 300 dpi
  • Graphs, drawings, etc - 800 dpi preferred; 600 dpi minimum
  • Combinations of photos and drawings (black and white and colour) - 500 dpi

Tables should be part of the main document and should be placed after the references. If the table is created in excel the file should be uploaded separately.

The cost of printing colour illustrations in the journal will be charged to the author. If colour illustrations are supplied electronically in either TIFF or EPS format, they may be used in the PDF of the article at no cost to the author, even if this illustration was printed in black and white in the journal. The PDF will appear on the Wiley Online Library site.

Further information. Proofs will be sent to the author for checking. This stage is to be used only to correct errors that may have been introduced during the production process. Prompt return of the corrected proofs, preferably within two days of receipt, will minimise the risk of the paper being held over to a later issue. Free access to the final PDF offprint of your article will be available via author services only. Please therefore sign up for author services if you would like to access your article PDF offprint and enjoy the many other benefits the service offers.

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