Scottish Journal of Political Economy

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Edited By: Martin Chalkley, Gary Koop, Catia Montagna (Managing Editor), John Skåtun (Managing Editor) and Peter N Smith

Impact Factor: 0.648

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2016: 113/165 (Political Science); 233/347 (Economics)

Online ISSN: 1467-9485

Author Guidelines

The following notes are meant as a guideline for authors when preparing manuscripts for submission to the Scottish Journal of Political Economy.

1. The journal welcomes submissions of both full length articles and notes. To be acceptable for publication, authors should make a substantial contribution to the subject and produce a technically well crafted paper. No paper will be rejected solely on the grounds of being too technical or too applied. To assist the general reader, the Editors require that authors take care to motivate their work and to communicate their contribution in a clear manner.

Manuscripts submission to be made via Only documents in standard pdf or Microsoft Word format should be sent.  All articles must be typed on one side of A4 paper only using double spacing throughout (including any footnotes or lists of references).  In general, full length articles should not exceed 7,500 words.  Short notes should not exceed 2000 words. Overlong papers may be returned without consideration.  Contributors are also asked to send an abstract, not exceeding 100 words, a list of keywords (20 characters each) indicating the contents of the article AND the relevant Journal of Economic Literature classification number(s). 

2. References should be indicated in the text by the surname of the author(s) with the year of publication. References to more than one publication by an author in the same year should be distinguished alphabetically with small letters. The abbreviated author-and-date reference should be placed in parentheses unless the name forms part of the text. The relevant page(s) may be given if necessary, e.g.,

(Miller, 1991, p 3); (Allen and Gale, 1994a); Fuerbach (1989) has shown that.....

If no person is names as author, the name of the appropriate body should be used, e.g., (Department of Employment, 1994).

The full reference list should be typed in alphabetical order, double spaced, on a separate sheet of paper at the end of the article. Journal title should be set out in full and if a book is quoted, the publisher, publisher's town and year of publication should be included, e.g., Wren, C (1996a), Industrial Subsidies: The UK Experience. London: MacMillan, or, Yosha, O (1995), Privatising multi-product banks. Economic Journal, 105, November, pp 1435-1453.]

3. When setting out mathematical equations, contributors are asked to confirm to the conventions adopted in recent articles published in the Scottish Journal of Political Economy. In order to assist the referee, the full mathematical workings necessary for justifying each step of the argument should accompany all articles of a mathematical character. These workings will not be published.

4. Statistical tables should be clearly headed and the reader should be able to understand the meaning of each row or column without hunting in the text for explanations of symbols, etc. Units of measurement, base-dates for index numbers, geographical areas covered and sources should be clearly stated. Authors are fully responsible for the accuracy of the data and for checking their proofs. Whenever they feel that the referee would have difficulty in testing the derivation of their statistics, they should provide supplementary notes on the methods used. These will not be published. Tables should be submitted on separate sheets and numbered consecutively throughout the article.

5. Diagrams, submitted in their final form (as a good quality laser print), should be clearly drawn and accompanied by the basic statistics that were required for the preparation; the axes must be clearly labelled; the reader must be able to understand the diagrams without hunting in the text for explanations. Figures should be drawn on a scale larger than the reproduction required in order to obtain the maximum clarity in reproduction, and any lettering should be of a size that will be clear upon reduction. Laser printer output resolution must be at least 600 dots per inch. Avoid tints if possible. Figure legends should be typed on a separate sheet.

6. Final version of papers accepted for publication should be submitted as a typescript (two copies), and on disk. Details of hardware and software used to produce the disk should be given (e.g., Word 6 for Windows). Please send your submissions to

The Editors,
Scottish Journal of Political Economy,
Department of Economics
University of Aberdeen
Edward Wright Building
Dunbar Street
King’s College
Aberdeen   AB24 3QY
United Kingdom

Comments on Published Articles: Anyone wanting to submit comments on an article previously published in SJPE should initially send a copy to the author, inviting him/her to send the commentator his/her observations, especially to explain any points on which the commentator has misunderstood what the author was saying. The commentator is asked to allow the author a reasonable time to reply before sending anything to the editors, and to enclose any reply which he/she may have received from the author. If the editors accept the Comment for publication, they will send one copy to the original author and give him/her an opportunity to submit a short Reply which will be considered for publication in the same issue of SJPE.

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Copyright Transfer Form (CTA): Authors will be required to sign a Copyright Transfer Form (CTA) for all papers accepted for publication. Signature of the CTA is a condition of publication and papers will not be passed to the publisher for production unless a signed form has been received. Please note that signature of the Exclusive License Form does not affect ownership of copyright in the material.  (Government employees need to complete the Author Warranty sections, although copyright  in such cases does not need to  be assigned).  After submission authors will retain the right to publish their paper in various media/circumstances (please see the form for further details).  To assist authors an appropriate form will be supplied by the editorial office. Alternatively, authors may like to download a copy of the form here.

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Early View

Scottish Journal of Political Economy is covered by Blackwell Publishing's Early View service. Early View 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. Early View 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 Early View articles means that they do not yet have volume, issue or page numbers, so Early View 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.