Economic Affairs

Cover image for Vol. 36 Issue 1

Edited By: J. R. Shackleton

Online ISSN: 1468-0270

Author Guidelines

The journal, jointly published by the Institute of Economic Affairs and the University of Buckingham, exists to improve understanding of the role of markets in the economy and society. While, like many economists, we are broadly inspired by a classical liberal approach, we welcome a variety of theoretical and empirical methodologies. These include neoclassical, Austrian and public choice economics. Work building on other contingent disciplines, such as politics, sociology and psychology is also welcomed where relevant.

The editorial board encourages the submission of original empirical research and scholarly literature reviews. In some cases papers may be revisions of material delivered at academic conferences. All submissions should have clear and explicit policy conclusions.

The editorial board invites submissions from authors at all stages of their careers, but is keen to encourage newer authors to submit work, perhaps based on relevant doctoral and post-doctoral research. Work by practising economists in the private and public sector is also welcome. Recognising the increasing integration of the world economy, Economic Affairs particularly welcomes contributions from non-UK authors and aims to heighten awareness of the experience of policy towards the market across Europe and the wider world.

Main articles should normally be of around 7000 words in length: responses and rejoinders, which are encouraged, should not exceed 2000 words. In addition authors may wish to submit short articles, of no more than 3500 words, reporting on larger studies which may be published in full elsewhere.

Some submissions will from time to time be solicited by the board on particular themes, but all papers will be subject to double-blind refereeing. We aim to respond within four weeks. Where work is rejected a full explanation will be supplied.

In all cases a premium is placed on clarity and good writing. While the readership is likely to have a background in economics, it cannot be assumed that all are specialists in particular topics under discussion. It is therefore essential that authors explain terms, diagrams and techniques which may not be familiar to all readers: use can be made of appendices, if clearly necessary, for statistical or mathematical material.

Any potential conflicts of interest must be declared by the author (for example funding from or employment by a body that promotes the viewpoint of the author). Such conflicts would not prevent publication in most cases, but would be declared in the author affiliation. It is the responsibility of the author to declare such conflicts.

Submission of drafts at all stages by email Word file is preferred. Any diagrams can be handled in other electronic formats, subject to advice from the editor. A style sheet is available from the editor.

Please include with your submission an abstract of around 100 words, and an email and postal address for the corresponding author.

Contact details of editor:

Professor J R Shackleton
University of Buckingham
Hunter Street
MK18 1 EG

Copyright Transfer Agreement

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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

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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:


Contributions must be submitted in the English language. For guidance, see the Collins Dictionary or Oxford English Dictionary.


Citations should be in Harvard style with a reference list at the end. Please contact the editor at for a full list of guidelines.

Title, Name of Author and Biographical Details

Each article must have a title at the beginning of the article followed by the author's name. Brief biographical details must appear at the end of all contributions, including the official position of the author.


Authors whose work has been accepted for publication will receive a ELF from the Editor and a proof of the article direct from Blackwell and are asked to proofread for any typesetting errors. Authors are urged not to add substance to the article after it has been typeset as alterations are extremely expensive. Authors must return the proof to the Editor within the specified deadline.

Editing Contributions

The Editor reserves the right to alter the text of a contribution in order to make it conform with Economic Affairs editorial style or to compress it into the available number of pages.

Gratis Copies of Contributions

Economic Affairs is published by Wiley Blackwell, Oxford, England. The authors will receive a free copy of that issue and a PDF offprint of their article.
Contributors are entitled to discount purchases of additional copies. Details are available directly from Blackwell.

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