The Developing Economies

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Edited By: Shujiro Urata

Impact Factor: 0.3

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 54/55 (Planning & Development); 287/333 (Economics)

Online ISSN: 1746-1049

Author Guidelines


The acceptance criteria for all papers are the quality and originality of the research and its significance to the development literature. Manuscripts are peer reviewed by anonymous reviewers. Final acceptance or rejection rests with the Editorial Board, who reserves the right to refuse any material for publication.


All articles submitted to the Journal must comply with these instructions. Failure to do so will result in return of the manuscript and possible delay in publication.
Manuscripts, 1.5 or double-spaced in 12 point font, should be submitted as a file attachment in an email sent to

Covering letter
Papers are accepted for publication in the Journal on the understanding that the content has not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere. This must be stated in the covering letter.
If tables or figures have been reproduced from another source, a letter from the copyright holder (usually the Publisher), stating authorization to reproduce the material, must be attached to the covering letter.

Author material archive policy
Authors who require the return of any submitted material that is accepted for publication should inform the Editorial Office after acceptance. If no indication is given that author material should be returned, Wiley Blackwell will dispose of all hardcopy and electronic material two months after publication.

Pre-submission English-language editing
Authors for whom English is a second language may choose to have their manuscript professionally edited before submission to improve the English.
A list of independent suppliers of editing services can be found at All services are paid for and arranged by the author, and use of one of these services does not guarantee acceptance or preference for publication.


Accepted papers will be passed to Wiley’s production team for publication. The author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Wiley’s Author Services, where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be asked to complete an electronic license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

FAQs about the terms and conditions of the standard copyright transfer agreements (CTA) in place for the journal, including terms regarding archiving of the accepted version of the paper, are available at: CTA Terms and Conditions FAQs

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Deposit of Accepted Version - ‘Green’ open access
Some authors will be required by their funders/employers to deposit the accepted version of the article in a repository. The following terms are offered as part of the journals’ standard Copyright Transfer Agreement.
Funder arrangements: Certain funders require deposit of the Accepted Version in a repository after an embargo period. Details of funding arrangements are set out at the following website: Please contact the Journal production editor if you have additional funding requirements.
Institutions: Wiley has arrangements with certain academic institutions to permit the deposit of the Accepted Version in the institutional repository after an embargo period. Details of such arrangements are set out at the following website:


The Journal uses US spelling and authors should therefore follow the latest edition of the Merriam–Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary.


The length of an article (including references, footnotes, tables, figures, and appendices) should not exceed 10, 000 words.
Manuscripts should be presented in the following order: (i) title page including abstract within 150 words, keywords, and JEL No(s), (ii) text, (iii) references, (iv) appendices, (v) tables (each table complete with title and footnotes), and (vi) figures.
Short papers, not more than 5, 000 words, are also considered for publication.

Title page
The title page should contain (i) the title of the paper, (ii) the full names and affiliations of the authors, and (iii) the full postal and email address, plus facsimile and telephone numbers, of the author to whom correspondence about the manuscript should be sent. The title should be short, informative, and contain the major key words. A short running title (less than 40 characters) should also be provided.

Abstract and keywords
All articles must have a brief abstract that states in 150 words or fewer the major points made and the principal conclusions reached. The abstract should not contain abbreviations or references. JEL classification numbers and keywords should be provided.

The Harvard (author, date) system of referencing is used (examples are given below). In the text give the author’s name followed by the year in parentheses: Smith (2000). If there are two authors use “and”: Smith and Jones (2001). When reference is made to a work by four or more authors, the first name followed by “et al.” should be used: MacDonald et al. (2002). In the reference list, references should be listed in alphabetical order.
All citations mentioned in the text, tables or figures must be listed in the reference list in alphabetical order. Full (not just initials) first name of all authors should be provided.
Authors are responsible for the accuracy of the references.

Ranis, Gustav, and Frances Stewart. 2001. “Growth and Human Development: Comparative Latin American Experience.” Developing Economies 39, no. 4: 333-65.

Fujita, Masahisa; Paul Krugman; and Anthony J. Venables. 2001. The Spatial Economy: Cities, Regions, and International Trade. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press.

Chapter in a book
Anderson, Kym, and Rod Tyers. 1990. “How Developing Countries Could Gain from Agricultural Trade Liberalization in the Uruguay Round.” In Agricultural Trade Liberalization: Implications for Developing Countries, ed. Ian Goldin and Odin Knudsen. Paris: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

World Bank. 2003. World Development Indicators, 2003. Washington, D.C.: World Bank. (accessed August 27, 2003).

For further details, please refer to The Chicago Manual of Style.

Footnotes should be placed as a list at the foot of each page. They should be numbered in the list and referred to in the text with consecutive, superscript Arabic numerals. Keep footnotes brief: they should contain only short comments tangential to the main argument of the paper and should not include references.

These should be placed at the end of the paper, numbered in Arabic numerals and referred to in the text. If written by a person other than the author of the main text, the writer’s name should be included below the title.

Tables should be self-contained and complement, but not duplicate, information contained in the text. Number tables consecutively in the text in Arabic numerals. Type tables on a separate page with the legend above. Vertical lines should not be used to separate columns. Column headings should be brief, with units of measurement in parentheses; all abbreviations must be defined in footnotes. Footnote symbols: †, ‡, §, ¶ should be used and *, **, *** should be reserved for P-values. Statistical measures such as SD or SEM should be identified in footnotes.

Keep figures to a minimum.
All illustrations are classified as figures. Figures should be cited in consecutive order in the text. Figures should be sized to fit within the full text width (126 mm).
Line figures should be supplied as sharp, black and white graphs or diagrams, drawn professionally or with a computer graphics package.
If supplied electronically, graphics must be supplied as high resolution (at least 300 d.p.i.) files, saved as .eps or .tif. A high-resolution print-out must also be provided. Digital images supplied only as low-resolution print-outs and/or files cannot be used.

Figure legends
Figure legends should be included on a new page after the references. Legends should be concise but comprehensive – the figure and its legend must be understandable without reference to the text. Include definitions of any symbols used and define/explain all abbreviations and units of measurement.

Equations should be numbered sequentially with Arabic numerals; these should be ranged right in parentheses. All variables should appear in italics. Use the simplest possible form for all mathematical symbols.

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The following instructions should be adhered to:

• The email must contain the relevant file(s) only. The entire article (including tables) should be supplied as a single Microsoft Word file; only electronic figures should be supplied as separate files. Please note that Word 2007 is now compatible with journal production systems.
• Specify any special characters used to represent non-keyboard characters.
• Use a tab, not spaces, to separate data points in tables. If you use a table editor function, ensure that each data point is contained within a unique cell (i.e., do not use carriage returns within cells).

Where possible, draft heavily mathematical papers in software such as Scientific Word, TeX or LaTex and ensure that the PDF page proofs are checked thoroughly for accuracy.


It is essential that corresponding authors supply an email address to which correspondence can be emailed. Word files of edited articles will be sent for checking via email, and should be returned to the Publisher. It is essential that these files are checked carefully, as the cost of changes made at a later stage may be charged to the author. Full instructions on how to correct and return the file will be attached to the email.
Notification of the URL from where to download a Portable Document Format (PDF) typeset page proof, associated forms and further instructions will be sent by email to the corresponding author. The purpose of the PDF proof is a final check of the layout, and of tables and figures. Alterations other than the essential correction of errors are unacceptable at PDF proof stage. The proof should be checked, and approval to publish the article should be emailed to the Publisher by the date indicated; otherwise, it may be signed off on by the Editor or held over to the next issue.


A minimum of 50 additional offprints will be provided upon request, at the author’s expense. These paper offprints may be ordered online. Please visit, fill in the necessary details and ensure that you type information in all of the required fields.

If you have queries about offprints please email


Author Services enables authors to track their article – once it has been accepted – through the production process to publication online. Authors can check the status of their articles online and choose to receive automated e-mails at key stages of production, and, when published online access the article for free. Authors may also nominate up to 10 specialists to receive free access as well. The corresponding 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.