Australian Economic Papers

Cover image for Vol. 55 Issue 3

Edited By: Professor Sarath Delpachitra

Impact Factor: 0.2

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 321/344 (Economics)

Online ISSN: 1467-8454

Author Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in Australian Economic Papers. Please consult the following instructions for help in preparing your manuscript, and feel free to consult us with any questions. 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.

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Australian Economic Papers was first published in 1962, instigated by the Department of Economics and Department of Commerce at the University of Adelaide. Ever since the creation of Flinders University of South Australia in 1966, the journal has been a joint initiative of the University of Adelaide and Flinders University. The journal publishes high-quality papers from leading Australian and international economists in theoretical, empirical and policy economics. It offers a forum for debate between theorists, econometricians and policy analysts and covers an exceptionally wide range of topics.

In recent years, in addition to all the major fields in economics, the journal has published papers in theoretical and empirical industrial organisation, theoretical and empirical labour economics and macro and micro policy analysis.

The Editors particularly welcome innovative and thought-provoking contributions that work on and extend the frontiers of the discipline.


The acceptance criteria for all papers are the quality and originality of the research and its significance to our readership. Except where otherwise stated, manuscripts are double-blind peer reviewed by two anonymous reviewers. Final acceptance or rejection rests with the Editorial Board, which reserves the right to refuse any material for publication.

Manuscripts should be in a clear, concise and direct style. Where contributions are judged as acceptable for publication on the basis of content, the editor and the publisher reserve the right to modify typescripts to eliminate ambiguity and repetition and improve communication between author and reader.

Committee on Publication Ethics. Australian Economic Papers is a member of, and subscribes to the principles of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).


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Pre-acceptance English-language editing

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Manuscript Format and Style

General Format
Manuscripts must be submitted as Word documents (.doc, .docx; not write-protected), double-spaced with numbered pages and should include the abstract, the main text, references, tables and figure legends. Division of the paper should be indicated clearly by major headings and subheadings.

No identifying details of the authors or their institutions should appear in the manuscript to facilitate double-blinded review. Authors should create a separate Word document containing these details and submit this as the ‘Title Page’.

Figures and supporting information (if present) should be provided in separate files (see the section, ‘Parts of the Manuscript’ for more details).

Australian Economic Papers publishes in Australian English.

In general, terms should not be abbreviated unless they are used repeatedly and the abbreviation is helpful to the reader. Initially use the word in full, followed by the abbreviation in parentheses. Thereafter use the abbreviation only.

Special Characters
Use the correct characters in your character set for Greek letters and for mathematical and other symbols. The Symbol font includes Greek and some mathematical characters and other symbols.

Roman numerals should be used for numbering sections of a paper, lower-case letters for subsections and Arabic numerals for numbering equations. Equation numbers appear on the right hand side of the page. Roman numerals should be used for numbering tables and Arabic numerals for numbering figures.

Word limit

Articles should not exceed 10,000 words (excluding references, tables and figures) and may include up to a maximum of 6 figures and/or tables and up to 30 references.

Parts of the Manuscript

The manuscript should be submitted in separate files: title page; main text file; figures.

Title Page

The title page should contain:
(i) a short informative title that contains the major key words. The title should not contain abbreviations
(ii) the full names of the authors
(iii) the addresses of the author’s affiliated institutions at which the work was carried out
(iv) a short running title (no more than 40 characters)
(v) the full postal and email address, plus telephone numbers, of the author to whom correspondence about the manuscript should be sent
(vii) acknowledgements, funding and conflict of interest
The present address of any author, if different from that where the work was carried out, should be supplied in a footnote.

The source of financial grants and other funding must be acknowledged, including a frank declaration of the authors’ industrial links and affiliations. The contribution of colleagues or institutions should also be acknowledged. Personal thanks and thanks to anonymous reviewers are not appropriate.

Authors are required to specify the source of institutional, private and corporate financial support for their research when submitting a paper. Please include this information under the separate heading, ‘Source of Funding’.

Conflict of Interest
Authors must declare any financial support or relationships that may pose conflict of interest by disclosing any financial arrangements they have with a company whose product figures prominently in the submitted manuscript or with a company making a competing product, or any conflict relating to technology or methodology.

Main text file

As papers are double-blind peer reviewed the main text file should not include any information that might identify the authors.

Full length articles should be divided into the following sections: (i) Title, Abstract and Keywords, (ii) Main text, (iii) References, (iv) Footnotes (v) Tables, (vi) Figure legends, (vii) Appendices. Figures and supporting information should be supplied as separate files.

Title, Abstract and Keywords
The Abstract should not exceed 250 words. Up to six keywords should be supplied if possible.

Each table should appear on a separate page. Tables should be numbered consecutively, using Roman numerals.

Figure legends
Legends should be concise but comprehensive – the figure and its legend must be understandable without reference to the text. Include definitions of any symbols used and define/explain all abbreviations and units of measurement.

All illustrations (line drawings and photographs) are classified as figures. Figures should be cited in consecutive order in the text. Each figure should be supplied as a separate file, with the figure number incorporated in the file name. Although low quality images are adequate for review purposes, print publication requires high quality images to prevent the final product being blurred or fuzzy.

Further information can be obtained at Wiley’s guidelines for figures:

References in the text should be by author name and year of publication, as in these examples: 'Smith (1997) in a paper on...'; 'Evidence provided by Smith et al. (1997)...'.

A list of references should be included at the end of the paper and should conform to the AEP's style. For example:

Griffiths, W. and Judge, G. 1992, 'Testing and Estimating Location Vectors when the Error Variance Matrix is Unknown', Journal of Econometrics, vol. 54, pp. 121-138.

Border, K. 1985, Fixed Point Theorems with Applications in Economics, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Footnotes should be placed as a list at the end of the paper only, not at the foot of each page. They should be numbered in the list and referred to in the text with consecutive, superscript Arabic numerals. Keep footnotes brief: they should contain only short comments tangential to the main argument of the paper and should not include references.

These should be placed at the end of the paper, numbered in Roman numerals and referred to in the text. If written by a person other than the author of the main text, the writer’s name should be included below the title.

Supporting Information
Supporting information is information that is not essential to the article but provides greater depth and background and may include tables, figures, videos, datasets, etc. This material can be submitted with your manuscript, and will appear online, without editing or typesetting. Guidelines on how to prepare this material and which formats and files sizes are acceptable can be found at:

Please note that the provision of supporting information is not encouraged as a general rule. It will be assessed critically by reviewers and editors and will only be accepted if it is essential.


Manuscripts should be submitted electronically via ScholarOne Manuscripts at

Two Word-files need to be included upon submission: A title page file and a main text file that includes all parts of the text in the sequence indicated in the section 'Parts of the manuscript', including tables and figure legends but excluding figures which should be supplied separately. The figure number should be incorporated in the file name.

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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.

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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.

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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