The World Economy

Cover image for Vol. 40 Issue 5

Edited By: David Greenaway & Chris Milner

Impact Factor: 0.759

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 47/86 (International Relations); 61/94 (Business Finance); 188/345 (Economics)

Online ISSN: 1467-9701

Author Guidelines

The World Economy concentrates on trade policy issues both on a country basis, regionally (EC, ASEAN, North America, Asia-Pacific, etc.) and globally (GATT and other fora). The World Economy does, however, also cover broader issues (exchange rates, IMF/World Bank, debt, environmental or other international issues) as they relate to trade.

1. Guidelines for Submission to The World Economy

The World Economy 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

From now on all submissions to the journal must be submitted online at 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 Sue Berry in the Editorial Office (

2. Papers published in The World Economy are in the main verbal in presentation, with occasional data tables. The editors, however, strongly encourage pieces which make the results of numerical modelling efforts or recent developments in trade theory accessible to a wider audience. Such pieces must maintain a high degree of accessibility for non specialists in order to be publishable. The editors will give preference to articles which deal succinctly with an issue which is both important and clearly defined.

3. Articles should contain a final section in which the author sets out the main conclusions. Contributors are also asked to send an abstract, not exceeding 200 words and a list of keywords (20 characters in each) indicating the contents of the article.

4. Data tables should be clearly headed and the reader should be able to understand the meaning of each row or column without delving into the text for explanation. Units of measurement, base-dates for index numbers, geographical area covered and sources should be clearly stated.

5. Bibliographical references should be carefully checked, and complete in respect of the year and place of publication.

6. Submission is free to individual subscribers of The World Economy. For non-subscribers a submission fee of £40 is chargeable for papers submitted, which can be applied in part payment against a subscription to The World Economy. The site at which the submission fee can be paid is here:

7. The World Economy is covered by Wiley-Blackwell'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 traditonal 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.

8. Copyright Transfer Agreement 
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:

9. 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: