Journal of Consumer Affairs

Cover image for Vol. 51 Issue 1

Edited By: Sharon Tennyson, Cornell University

Impact Factor: 1.053

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 79/120 (Business); 137/345 (Economics)

Online ISSN: 1745-6606

Author Guidelines

Online Submission System
Journal of Consumer Affairs is delighted to announce the implementation of ScholarOne Manuscripts, an easy-to-use Web-based submissions system to enable rapid turnaround times. To submit your article, please follow the link below:

Sharon Tennyson
Cornell University

Journal of Consumer Affairs Guidelines for Authors

JCA publishes applied, topically relevant scholarly research, professionally informed opinions, and findings of exceptional importance from practice. Manuscript readability is an important consideration in the review process, and manuscripts should be written with the multidisciplinary nature of the journal and its readership clearly in mind. When submitting articles for consideration, authors should also bear in mind the following guidelines for the different sections of the journal:

Original Articles: Manuscripts appropriate for this section report on original research that is grounded in existing literature, and that provides substantive contributions to the current state of knowledge. Research may be of empirical or conceptual design, and must be oriented toward hypothesis development and testing. Empirical research may utilize data from field studies, experiments, surveys, or administrative datasets. Priority is given to articles that yield new insights into issues of current topical or public policy importance for consumers’ interests. Studies that relate solely to theoretical questions or internal debates within a single discipline are not appropriate for the journal.

Trends and Applications: Manuscripts appropriate for this section report on experiments, field studies programs, or datasets of significance for consumers or consumer research. The defining feature of the articles in this section is an emphasis on the relationship of practice to outcomes and a direct relevance for educators, policymakers, or consumer affairs professionals. Manuscripts submitted to this section should not exceed 3500 words.

Reviews and Commentary: Manuscripts appropriate for this section of the journal contain critical reviews of academic literatures relevant to the consumer interest, or discussion and commentary on key issues in consumer rights, education, research, policy, or regulation. Opinions presented in these articles must be informed by theory and based on evidence from research or practice.

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