Journal of Economic Surveys

Cover image for Vol. 31 Issue 5

Edited By: Donald A. R. George, Leslie T. Oxley, Iris Claus and Roberto Veneziani

Impact Factor: 2.1

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2016: 61/347 (Economics)

Online ISSN: 1467-6419

Author Guidelines

Notes for Contributors

Survey articles should:

  • Be accessible to the non-specialist reader (i.e. a 'representative' professional economist)
  • Provide a creative synthesis of existing research as distinct from a simple catalogue of recent articles.
  • Place the topic in perspective in the introductory section, to help motivate the non-specialist reader.

It can be helpful to:

  • Set up an encompassing model and treat contributions to the literature as special cases
  • Use summary tables to highlight the key differentiating characteristics of different contributions.
  • Excessive repetition of material available in text book form should be avoided. The aim is to survey recent research that has yet to be assimilated in standard texts.
  • Submission of a paper implies that it contains original work that has not been published and that has not been submitted for publication elsewhere. Publication in a limited distribution 'Proceedings' , or in a working paper series, does not disqualify the paper.

Meta-analysis - special instructions

Authors of meta-analyses need to include a brief statement as part of their submission that describes how their meta-analysis fully follows the journal's reporting guidelines.


Manuscript preparation:

1. Surveys should normally be 20-30 journal pages in length (10,000-15,000 words) depending on the breadth of the topic. The normal language of publication will be English.

2. Manuscripts should be submitted online at As the journal engages in a double-blind review process, please ensure there are no names or references in your manuscript that reveal your identity as the author.

3. An abstract should be included. This should not exceed 200 words.

4. To facilitate the production of an annual subject index please provide a list of key words (not more than six) under which the paper can be indexed.

5. Specialist terms should be explained so as to be understandable by non-specialist professional economists.

6. Footnotes should be avoided. In particular, references to the literature should be included in the text (see point 8 below). Essential notes should be numbered consecutively in the text and grouped together at the end of the article, under the heading 'Notes'.

7. Acknowledgements should be separated from the notes and should not be numbered. They should appear, under the heading 'Acknowledgements' at the end of the main body of the text, preceding the Notes.

8.  References in Articles:
There are several software packages available to help authors manage and format the references and footnotes in their journal article. We recommend the use of a software tool such as EndNote or Reference Manager for reference management and formatting.

EndNote reference styles can be searched for here:

Reference Manager reference styles can be searched for here:

References to the literature in the main text or notes should use the form: Stiglitz (1997); Stiglitz (1997a). If a reference occurs within parentheses, the author and date should be separated by a comma, for example: (see Stiglitz, 1997; Stiglitz, 1992). Quotations should cite the source page of the quote, for example: (Stiglitz, 1997, p.376).

9. References should be set out in alphabetical order of the author's name in a list at the end of the article (following any notes). They should be given in a standard form, as in the following examples:

Dasgupta, P. and Stiglitz, J. (1980a) Industrial structure and the nature of innovative activity. Economic Journal 90: 266-93.
-------- (1980b) Uncertainty, industrial structure and the speed of R & D. Bell Journal of Economics 2: 1-28.
Turnovsky, S.J. (1995) Methods of Macroeconomic Dynamics. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
Stein, J.L. (1976) Inside the monetarist black box. In J.L. Stein (ed.) Monetarism (pp. 183-232). Amsterdam: North-Holland.

10. Sections should be numbered consecutively, using Arabic numerals (i.e. 1, 2, 3 etc.). Subsections may be double-numbered (e.g. 1.1, 1.2, etc.) or treble-numbered (e.g. 1.1.1, 1.1.2, etc.) where appropriate.

11. Short quotations (less than c. 60 words) should run on in the text. Longer quotations should be indented, with a line space above and below.

12. Tables and figures should be numbered consecutively (e.g. table 1, Table 2; Figure 1; Figure 2). References in the text should be by number (e.g. 'See Table 1') rather than ' in the following table'. Figures should be on a separate page from the main text and where possible camera-ready copy should be provided by the author.

Special notes for Mathematical Papers

It is important to distinguish symbols that may be confused, and in particular to distinguish carefully between (a) capitals and small letters, (b) ordinary and bold-faced letters, (c) certain Greek letters and similar Roman letters, (d) subscripts, superscripts and 'ordinary' symbols, (e) numbers 0 and 1 and letters O and I. Mathematical variables should be set in italics. However, certain standard abbreviations are set in roman font, not italic font, e.g. log, lim, exp (but not e), max, min, sup, var, cov, sin, cos.

Small font setting is technically difficult, expensive and sometimes impossible. To reduce the use of small fonts:

  • Avoid elaborate notations involving mutliple suffices.
  • Use the the expression 'exp' for the exponential function when the argument is longer than a single compact group of symbols, e.g. exp(a+ bt +ct^2) but e^t.

Arrangement of formulae

See journal for further information

Manuscript submission

The Journal of Economic Surveys has now adopted ScholarOne Manuscripts for online manuscript submission and peer review. The new system brings with it a whole host of benefits including:

  • Quick and easy submission
  • Administration centralised and reduced
  • Significant decrease in peer review times
  • Double-blind review process

From now on, all submissions to the journal must be submitted online at Please ensure that all identifying names and references have been removed from your manuscript files before uploading them, including your cover letter. If you are submitting a revised version of your manuscript, please ensure that your name is not included in your response to the reviewers’ comments. Authors should submit their manuscript in word document or LATEX file formats along with a PDF of their article.

Basic guidelines for uploading a LaTeX formatted manuscript:

1. Always upload the main LaTeX file first, selecting the file designation of Main Document.

2. Then, upload each file that is related to the main .TEX file and is needed for processing, selecting the file designation of TeX/LaTeX Suppl File.

3. Be sure to upload all style sheets, reference files, and at least one bibliography file, that are part of the document.

4. All image files must be saved and uploaded in .EPS format in order for the file to properly format and convert.

5. If changes are made to the main LaTeX document after all of the related files have been uploaded, all supplementary LaTeX files will have to be removed and re-uploaded.

6. Please note that pdfLaTex is not supported.

7. Please also submit a pdf version of your article as an Additional File NOT for Review and NOT for publication (so we can check that the LaTex files have correctly uploaded.)

Full instructions and support are available on the site and a user ID and password can be obtained on the first visit. If you require assistance then click the Get Help Now link which appears at the top right of every ScholarOne Manuscripts page. If you cannot submit online, please contact the Journal Administrator at

There is neither a submission charge, nor page fee, nor is payment made to authors, but the principle author will receive a PDF offprint of their article free of charge. Additional copies of the journal may be ordered when returning corrected proofs.

Papers submitted, providing they appear to be broadly in line with the aims of the Journal, undergo a standard refereeing process. The Editors' decision is based on the referees' reports, together with the consideration of the aims of the Journal and the balance of the Journal's contents. We endeavour to reach a decision as quickly as possible. 

Pre-submission English-language editing
Authors for whom English is a second language may choose to have their manuscript professionally edited before submission to improve the English. A list of independent suppliers of editing services can be found at All services are paid for and arranged by the author, and use of one of these services does not guarantee acceptance or preference for publication.

Copyright Transfer Form 
Authors will be required to assign copyright to the publisher. Copyright assignment is a condition of publication and papers will not be passed to the publisher for production unless copyright has been assigned.

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

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:

Journal of Economic Surveys is covered by Wiley-Blackwell’s EarlyView service.EarlyView articles are complete full-text articles published online in advance of their publication in a printed issue. Articles are therefore available as soon as they are ready, rather than having to wait for the next scheduled print issue. EarlyView articles are complete and final. They have been fully reviewed, revised and edited for publication, and the authors’ final corrections have been incorporated. Because they are in final form, no changes can be made after online publication. The nature of EarlyView articles means that they do not yet have volume, issue or page numbers, so EarlyView articles cannot be cited in the traditional way. They are therefore given a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), which allows the article to be cited and tracked before it is allocated to an issue. After print publication, the DOI remains valid and can continue to be used to cite and access the article.

Author Services
Once your article is in production, you will receive an email from Author Services detailing how to register. By registering to this service you will receive your PDF offprint and email alert when your article is published, so please do ensure you register for Author Services. Author Services also enables you to track your article through production and to sign up for email alerts. The system will give you perpetual access to your article and allow you to nominate 10 people to receive a copy of your article once published.