Journal of Public Economic Theory

Cover image for Vol. 19 Issue 2

Edited By: Myrna Wooders, Rabah Amir, and Gareth Myles

Impact Factor: 0.471

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 258/345 (Economics)

Online ISSN: 1467-9779

Author Guidelines

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.

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.

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.

JPET accepts only electronic submissions using ScholarOne Manuscripts. To submit a manuscript, please follow the instructions below.

Getting Started
1. Launch your web browser and go to the Journal of Public Economic Theory ScholarOne Manuscripts website (
2. Check to see if you are already in the ScholarOne database by putting your email address in the E-mail Address field under Password Help and click 'Go.' The system will send you details on how to log in. Do not create a new account if you already have one.
3. Log-in or, if you are a first-time user of ScholarOne Manuscripts, click the 'Register here' option.
4. If you are creating a new account:

  • Enter your name and e-mail information and click 'Next.' Your e-mail information is needed for communicating with the journal.
  • Enter your institution (try to pull it from the proposals which are suggested) and address information as appropriate, and then click 'Next.'
  • Enter a user ID (default is your email) and password of your choice (minimum 8 characters, including 2 numerals).
  • Select your 'primary JEL code' and 'secondary JEL code'
  • Fill in the 'Consent' question.
  • Click 'Finish'.

Submitting Your Manuscript
1. Log in and select 'Author Center'
2. After you have logged in, click the 'Click here to submit a new manuscript' link in the Author Resources sections.
3. Enter data and answer questions as appropriate. Be prepared to enter:

  • The title, and a running head, an abbreviated title to be shown at the top of each page.
  • The abstract of your paper.
  • One to four manuscript highlights stated as bullet points.
  • JEL codes classifying your paper, see
  • Suggestions for recommended reviewers. Note that you can also oppose reviewers.

4. Click the 'Next' button on each screen to save your work and advance to the next screen.
5. You are required to upload your files.
  • Click on the 'Browse' button and locate the file on your computer.
  • Select the designation of each file in the drop down next to the 'Browse' button.
  • When you have selected all the files you wish to upload, click the 'Upload Files' button.
6. Review your submission (in PDF format) before sending to the Journal. Click the 'Submit' button when you are finished reviewing. You may suspend a submission at any phase before clicking the 'Submit' button and save it to submit later. After submission, you will receive a confirmation e-mail. You can also access ScholarOne Manuscripts any time to check the status of your manuscript. The Journal will inform you by e-mail once a decision has been made.

Getting Help with your Submission
Each page of the ScholarOne Manuscripts website has a 'Help' link in the upper right connecting directly to the online support system at

First Submissions
Manuscripts must be in English and the main text should be double-spaced. Footnotes and references may be single-spaced. For first submissions, the style guidelines regarding references need not be followed, but must be for final revisions.

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:List all sources in the reference list alphabetically by name. In text citations should follow the author-date method. This means that the author's last name and the year of publication for the source should appear in the text, for example, (Jones, 1998), and a complete reference should appear in the reference list at the end of the paper. References are styled according to the sixth edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. A sample of the most common entries in reference lists appears below. Please note that for journal articles, issue numbers are not included unless each issue in the volume begins with page one.
Journal article:
Phelps, L. (1996). Discriminative validity of the WRAML with ADHD and LD children. Psychology in the Schools, 33, 5--12.
Book edition:
Bradley-Johnson, S. (1994). Psychoeducational assessment of students who are visually impaired or blind: Infancy through high school (2nd ed.). Austin, TX: Pro-ed.
References should refer only to material listed within the text.

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 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).

Early View
Early View articles are complete full-text articles published online in advance of their publication in an issue. Articles are therefore available as soon as they are ready, rather than having to wait for the next scheduled 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 an access the article. Instructions for ordering offprints from the printer will be provided with page proofs.

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. The author will receive an e-mail with 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.

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 certain funders [e.g. The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) or the Austrian Science Fund (FWF)] you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with your Funder requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit:

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.

Wiley's Self-Archiving Policy
Authors of articles published in Wiley journals are permitted to self-archive the submitted (preprint) version of the article at any time, and may self-archive the accepted (peer-reviewed) version after an embargo period. Use the following link for more information, and to view the policy for Journal of Public Economic Theory: