Journal of Public Economic Theory

Cover image for Vol. 17 Issue 6

Edited By: John P. Conley and Myrna Wooders

Impact Factor: 0.457

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 253/333 (Economics)

Online ISSN: 1467-9779

Author Guidelines

1. The Journal of Public Economic Theory (JPET) publishes theoretical papers in all areas of public economics. JPET will consider survey articles notes, comments, exposita, and retrospectives as well as original research papers. To submit a manuscript, please go to Our contact information otherwise is as follows:

The Editors
Journal of Public Economic Theory
Department of Economics
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN 37235
Phone: (615) 322-2920
Fax:  (615) 343-8495

Editorial Assistant: Cathy Zebron

2. The Journal of Public Economic Theory will consider only original papers for publication. Submission of a manuscript is taken to imply that to the best of the author's knowledge, the manuscript is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, that the same work has not already been published, and that all of the authors as well as the institutions at which the work was carried out approve of its submission.

3. Authors submitting a manuscript do so on the understanding that if it is accepted for publication copyright in the article, including the right to reproduce the article in all forms and media shall be assigned exclusively to the Publisher. The Publisher will not refuse any reasonable request by the author for permission to reproduce any of his or her contributions to the journal.

4. First Submissions

Manuscripts must be in English and the main text should be double-spaced and printed on only one side. Footnotes and references may be single-spaced. For a first submission, any reasonably typed or computer-printed format meeting these requirements is acceptable.

5. General formatting conventions

Style: In general, authors should be guided by A Manual for Authors published in 1962 (and revised in 1980) by the American Mathematical Society, P. O. Box 6248, Providence, RI 02904.

Equations: All equations should be typewritten and the numbers for displayed equations should be placed in parentheses at the right margin. References to equations should use the form (3)'.

Footnotes: Footnotes should be used sparingly and should be identified by superscripted Arabic numerals in order of their appearance.

Figures: Figures should be numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals. Type sizes below 4 points should not be used. While there are exceptions, generally titles will be incorporated into the caption and will appear outside and below the illustration. Currently, JPET provides an image area of 5 1/8 inches horizontally by 7 3/4 inches vertically. All of an illustration, including the caption, must fit within that area. However, space is at a premium and in many cases half-page size may be appropriate.

Tables: Number tables consecutively with Roman numerals in order of appearance in the text. Each table should be typed double-spaced on a separate page. A short descriptive caption should be typed directly above each table.

References: Cite references in the text by author's surname and date of publication. The text citations can be given in the form 'Tiebout (1956) claims that... ' or 'This casts doubt on the existence of equilibrium (see also Aivazian et al. 1987, and Harrison and McKee 1980). 'References should be listed in alphabetical order and in descending order of date. Type the references double-spaced throughout. Style and punctuate references according to the following examples:

ARROW, K. (1970) The organization of economic activity: Issues pertinent to the choice of market versus non-market allocations, in Public Expenditure and Policy Analysis, R.H. Javenman and J. Margolis, eds., pp. 111–194. Chicago: Markham.

BOTELHO, A., G. HARRISON, L. PINTO, and E. RUTSTROM (2005) Social norms and social choice. Working Paper, Department of Economics, University of Central Florida.

WALKER, J. M., and M. HALLORAN (2004) Rewards and sanctions and the provision of public goods in one shot settings, Experimental Economics 7, 235–247.

BERGLAS, E. (1976) Distribution of tastes and skills and the provision of local public goods, Journal of Public Economics 6, 409-423.

EDGEWORTH, F. Y. (1881) Mathematical Psychics. London: Kegan Paul.

For unpublished lectures or symposia, include the title of the paper, name of the sponsoring society in full, and date.

6. Accepted Manuscripts

On acceptance, a final copy of the manuscript should be submitted that follows the following guidelines. The manuscript should be double-spaced and printed on only one side of 8.5 x 11-inch white paper. Pages should be numbered consecutively. Page 1 should contain the article, title, author(s) name(s) and complete affiliation(s), (name of institution, city, state, country and postal code, and email address if available). At the bottom of page 1 place any footnotes to the title (indicated by subscript *, or other non-alphanumeric character). Page 2 should contain a proposed running head (abbreviated form of the title) of less than 40 characters including letters and spaces, the name and mailing address of the author to whom proofs should be sent, and an abstract of no more that 100 words. The abstract will appear at the beginning of the article in the journal; use the abstract format, which is required by the Journal of Economic Literature, including the appropriate classification number(s).

7. Digital Submissions

If desired, authors whose manuscripts have been accepted for publication may submit a digital copy of the final, edited version to the Publishers to accompany the hard copy. While both IBM and Macintosh software formats can be accommodated, authors should be advised to utilize well-known software for text and graphics. Word processing software will permit the creation of a generic; text-format version of the manuscript, saving files in this text-only format will avoid any problems that can occur with some software. ASCII is a typical text-only format. If the file is saved as text-only, this must be indicated. Authors must submit disks in high-density format. Floppy disks should be clearly labeled with the author's name, the type of operating system (IBM or Mac), and the names of the included files. For example: TEXT: Smith. DOC (1 of 2) Word 6.0, IBM format ART: Smith. DOC (2 of 2) Figure 1. Distribution of... Figure 2. Bond Yield Spread Figure 3. Income Distribution CorelDraw 6, IBM The manuscript files should be identified with the author's last name, i.e. Smith. DOC or Smith. TXT for a text file. Illustration files should be identified with a figure number followed by a suffix indicating the graphic format: Figure 1. EPS or Figure 2. PICT.

Graphs and photographs may be sent in either camera-ready black and white copy, film negatives, or in digital format. Better printing quality can be achieved for figures that incorporate screen tints by submitting them in a digital format. Illustrations, which utilize fine screens (i.e. those with a pattern that is not really noticeable under normal viewing and appear more like an even tone), may not photograph well and should be sent in digital form. Xeroxed copy will not reproduce well at all. Providing EPS of TIFF files for artwork along with hard copy will ensure a quality reproduction of any questionable art originals.

Anyone submitting artwork in a digital format must have a hard copy produced locally before submitting the material. Often what is seen on a computer screen is not what is rendered by an image setter. For example, because a monitor has a coarse resolution, the finest line will be visible. But when the illustration is printed on an image setter the line will disappear due to the much higher resolution of that device. These copies should be labeled with the article title and figure number and submitted with the digital copy.

Material may be submitted in graphical formats common to major graphics packages such as CorelDraw, Adobe Illustrator, Freehand, or in more generic formats such as EPS, PICT, or TIFF.

8.  NEW: Online production tracking is now available for your article through Blackwell’s Author Services.
Author Services enables authors to track their article - once it has been accepted - 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 so they don’t need to contact the production editor to check on progress. Visit for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission and more.

9. Accepted Articles

'Accepted Articles' are articles that have been accepted for publication and undergone full peer review but have not been through the copyediting, typesetting, pagination and proofreading process. Accepted Articles are published online a few days after final acceptance, appear in PDF format only (without the accompanying full-text HTML) and are given a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), which allows them to be cited and tracked. The DOI remains unique to a given article in perpetuity. More information about DOIs can be found online at Given that Accepted Articles are not considered to be final, please note that changes will be made to an article after Accepted Article online publication, which may lead to differences between this version and the Version of Record.

The Accepted Articles service has been designed to ensure the earliest possible circulation of research papers after acceptance. Given that copyright licensing is a condition of publication, a completed copyright form is required before a manuscript can be processed as an Accepted Article.

The submitting author must carefully check the names and affiliations of all authors provided in the cover page of the manuscript, as it will not be possible to alter these once a paper is made available online in Accepted Article format. Subsequently the final copyedited and proofed articles will appear in an issue on Wiley Online Library.

10. Copyright Transfer Agreement

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: