Asian-Pacific Economic Literature

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Edited By: Ron Duncan, Premachandra Athukorala, Hal Hill and Peter Warr

Impact Factor: 0.294

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 303/345 (Economics)

Online ISSN: 1467-8411

Author Guidelines


Thank you for your interest in Asian-Pacific Economic Literature. Please read the complete Author Guidelines carefully prior to submission, including the section on copyright. To ensure fast peer review and publication, manuscripts that do not adhere to the following instructions will be returned to the corresponding author for technical revision before undergoing peer review.

Note that submission implies that the content has not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere except as a brief abstract in the proceedings of a scientific meeting or symposium. Once you have prepared your submission in accordance with the Guidelines, manuscripts should be submitted online at

We look forward to your submission.


Asian-Pacific Economic Literature (APEL) publishes original research focused on the economic and policy issues facing Asian-Pacific countries. The journal invites all authors with a research focus in this field to submit their papers for potential publication. Indexed by the Social Science Citation Index (SSCI), APEL attracts a wide cross-section of readers and, if your paper is published, it will be read by academics, policy advisors and businesspeople alike, dramatically increasing the dissemination of your research and the potential impact of your findings. You are encouraged to write with this audience in mind and, while avoiding excessive use of domain-specific jargon, highlight the policy and economic implications of your work.

All articles published in APEL are available online via Wiley Online Library and through university and institutional libraries, ensuring that your research reaches the readers who matter.


Plagiarism Detection

The journal employs a plagiarism detection system. By submitting your manuscript to this journal you accept that your manuscript may be screened for plagiarism against previously published works.

Publication Ethics

The journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and subscribes to the principles set out by COPE. The journal also refers to Wiley’s Best Practice Guidelines on Publication Ethics:


Optimising Your Article for Search Engines

Many students and researchers looking for information online will use search engines such as Google, Yahoo or similar. By optimising your article for search engines, you will increase the chance of someone finding it. This in turn will make it more likely to be viewed and/or cited in another work. We have compiled these guidelines to enable you to maximise the web-friendliness of the most public part of your article.

Abbreviations used in APEL
Unless otherwise indicated, $ throughout refers to US dollars and tons are metric tons.

In tables throughout:
n.a. not applicable
.. not available
- zero
. insignificant

Quotation marks should be single. Spelling is Oxford English Dictionary with -ise endings.
2 Simple name and date references without accompanying comment should be inserted in parentheses within the text; e.g. (Booth 1992). Page references should follow the date, separated by a colon; e.g. (Hart-Landsberg 1993:282–93).
3 References with comments should appear as notes, numbered from 1, indicated by raised numerals.
4 The bibliography or reference list should appear at the end of the text. It should contain all the works referred to in the text, listed alphabetically by author’s surname, or, where there is no identifiable author, by the name of the sponsoring body. Authors should check the strict correspondence between references in the text and those of the list. Book and journal titles should be italicised; titles of journal articles should be marked by single inverted commas. Style should be as follows:
Booth, Anne, 1992. ‘Income distribution and poverty’, in Anne Booth (ed.), The Oil Boom and After: Indonesian economic policy and performance in the Soeharto era, Oxford University Press, Singapore:323–62.
Hart-Landsberg, Martin, 1993. The Rush to Development: economic change and political struggle in South Korea, Monthly Review Press, New York.
Martin, Will and Warr, Peter G., 1993. ‘Explaining the decline of agriculture: a supply-side analysis for Indonesia’, World Bank Economic Review, 7(3):381–401.


Manuscripts should be submitted online at

• Two Word-files need to be included upon submission: A title page file and a main text file that includes tables and figure legends but excluding figures which should be supplied separately.

• The main text file should be prepared using Microsoft Word, doubled-spaced, with ample margins.

• Each figure should be supplied as a separate file, with the figure number incorporated in the file name.

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Accepted papers will be passed to Wiley’s production team for publication. The author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Wiley’s Author Services, where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be asked to complete an electronic license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper. More details on the copyright and licencing options for the journal appear below.

Wiley’s Author Services

Author Services enables authors to track their article through the production process to publication online and in print. Authors can check the status of their articles online and choose to receive automated e-mails at key stages of production. The corresponding author will receive a unique link that enables them to register and have their article automatically added to the system. Please ensure that a complete e-mail address is provided when submitting the manuscript. Visit for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission and more.


Once the paper has been typeset the corresponding author will receive an e-mail alert containing instructions on how to provide proof corrections to the article. It is therefore essential that a working e-mail address is provided for the corresponding author. Proofs should be corrected carefully; responsibility for detecting errors lies with the author.


A PDF reprint of the article will be supplied free of charge to the corresponding author. Additional printed offprints may be ordered online for a fee. Please click on the following link and fill in the necessary details and ensure that you type information in all of the required fields: If you have queries about offprints please e-mail:

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Accepted papers will be passed to Wiley’s production team for publication. The author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Wiley’s Author Services, where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be asked to complete an electronic license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

Authors may choose to publish under the terms of the journal’s standard copyright transfer agreement (CTA), or under open access terms made available via Wiley OnlineOpen.

Standard Copyright Transfer Agreement: FAQs about the terms and conditions of the standard CTA in place for the journal, including standard terms regarding archiving of the accepted version of the paper, are available at: Copyright Terms and Conditions FAQs.

Note that in signing the journal’s licence agreement authors agree that consent to reproduce figures from another source has been obtained.

OnlineOpen – Wiley’s Open Access Option: OnlineOpen is available to authors of articles who wish to make their article freely available to all on Wiley Online Library under a Creative Commons license. With OnlineOpen, the author, the author's funding agency, or the author's institution pays a fee to ensure that the article is made open access. Authors of OnlineOpen articles are permitted to post the final, published PDF of their article on their personal website, and in an institutional repository or other free public server immediately after publication. 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.

OnlineOpen licenses. Authors choosing OnlineOpen retain copyright in their article and have a choice of publishing under the following Creative Commons License terms: Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY); Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (CC BY NC); Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial-NoDerivs License (CC BY NC ND). To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright Terms and Conditions FAQs.

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Author Guidelines updated 21 July 2015