Economics of Transition

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Edited By: Managing Editors: Philippe Aghion and Guido Friebel. Editors: Sergei Guriev, Jan Svejnar and Rainer Haselmann.

Impact Factor: 0.66

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 216/344 (Economics)

Online ISSN: 1468-0351

Author Guidelines

Submission of manuscripts:
1. All papers must be submitted electronically, using the online submission site: Acceptable formats for electronic submission are PDF and Microsoft Word; PDF is preferred. In preparing PDF files, make sure that all fonts are embedded, and it is recommended that the document be created using Acrobat Distiller. Please check that your PDF document is readable on a computer other than the one it was created on.

2. All submitted manuscripts must be original work that is not under submission at another journal or under consideration for publication in another form, such as a monograph or chapter of a book. Authors of submitted papers are obligated not to submit their paper for publication elsewhere until an editorial decision is rendered on their submission. Further, authors of accepted papers are prohibited from publishing the results in other publications that appear before the paper is published in the Journal unless they receive approval for doing so from the managing editor.

3. The cover page of the paper should include the title, author(s) and institutional affiliation(s). It must also include an abstract of approximately 100 words, keywords and JEL classification numbers. You will be requested to upload the abstract separately during the submission process. Manuscripts should not normally exceed 10,000 words including tables, figures and footnotes. Ideally, no more than three levels of headings should be used. Refer to a recent issue of the journal for additional style guidance.

4. Final versions of accepted manuscripts should reach the journal in clear and grammatically correct English. Where necessary authors must ensure that their articles have been checked for errors of English by a person with perfect command of the language. Authors may use US or UK spelling, but should be consistent.

5. Avoid using abbreviations in the text (though they may be used in footnotes or tables). In particular, do not use:

i.e. – use ‘that is’, or ‘in other words’, or ‘namely’, or another appropriate phrase;
e.g. – use ‘for example’, ‘for instance’, ‘among others’, or another appropriate phrase.
etc. – either omit altogether or substitute ‘such as x, y and z’ for ‘x, y, z, etc.’.
‘%’ should always be written ‘percent’ in the text.

Leave only one space between a full stop and the beginning of the next sentence.
Footnote numbers should follow not precede punctuation marks: for instance – ‘this has been discussed by many authors.7 Most of them have concluded . . .’ not ‘this has been discussed by many authors7. Most of them have concluded . . .’.

Quotes should generally be single – ‘ ’, not double – “ ”. Double quotes should be used, however, for quotes within quotes.

Mathematical equations should be considered part of a sentence like any other text and appropriately punctuated.

6. References: You must ensure that all references cited in the text are in the list of references, which must include only those works cited in the text. The author–date (or Harvard) style of referencing is used. In-line references should be of the form: ‘Kornai (1990) argued . . .’. If the reference appears within parentheses it should be of the form: ‘. . . not found in further studies (see, for example, Kornai, 1990)’. All works cited should be listed alphabetically by author after the main body of the text. The referencing style shown below should be used:

Books: Fujita, M., Krugman, P. and Venables, A. J. (1999). The Spatial Economy: Cities, Regions and International Trade, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. Articles in books: Naughton, B. (1997). ‘The emergence of the China circle’, in Naughton, B. (ed.), The China Circle: Economics and Technology in the PRC, Taiwan and Hong Kong, Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution Press.

Articles: Norback, P. J. (2001). ‘Cumulative effects of labor market distortions in a developing country’, Journal of Development Economics, 65, pp. 135–52.

Working papers: Coelli, T. J. (1996). ‘A guide to FRONTIER 4.1: a computer program for frontier production function estimation’, CEPA Working Paper No. 96/07, Department of Econometrics, University of New England, Armidale, cepa.htm. (The institution publishing the working paper series must be given and if available, an electronic address from which the working paper can be downloaded should be provided.)

7. Acknowledgements and footnotes: acknowledgements should be included as the first numbered footnote.

8. The summary of the structure of the article (conventionally placed at the end of the introduction), should be more than a list; it should very broadly trace the structure of the argument. So, for example, ‘Section 2 discusses the literature and finds that most authors have reached a similar conclusion; Section 3 devises a new statistical model whereby that conclusion can be confirmed or rejected; Section 4 describes the new data to which our model is to be applied; Section 5 presents our econometric results; and Section 6 evaluates whether our results warrant any change in the hitherto conventional conclusion.’ gives the reader a better guide to your article than ‘Section 2 outlines the literature, Section 3 sets out a model, Section 4 describes the data, Section 5 presents the econometric results and Section 6 concludes.’ In particular, the cliché ‘Section x concludes’ should be avoided.

Accepted manuscripts:
9. Once accepted, authors will be prompted to upload the final version of their paper via the submission site. Papers must be uploaded both in original format (acceptable formats are Microsoft Word and LaTeX files) and as a PDF. Figures should be originated in a drawing package and saved as an EPS file. Figures must be produced in black and white. Tints and complex shading must be avoided. Tables must be designed to fit comfortably on a journal page. For tables, use the ‘create table’ feature and for equations, use the ‘equation editor’.

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