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Manuscript Submission Instructions for Authors

Economic Inquiry and Contemporary Economic Policy maintain a long-standing policy that articles published must be readable and of broad interest.  EI and CEP continue their commitment to the highest-quality of writing as indicated by their strong endorsement of Deirdre McCloskey’s advice as published in “Economical Writing,” the lead article in the April 1985 issue of Economic Inquiry, Vol. 23(2), pp. 187-222.

  • Any paper submitted to Economic Inquiry or Contemporary Economic Policy should not be under consideration at another journal and must represent original work.

  • Shorter manuscripts reduce the cost to the reader, increasing the chances that your article will be read. In general, manuscripts should not exceed 35 pages, but longer papers will be considered if warranted by the subject or contribution. For format use one-inch margins, double-spacing, and Times Roman or similar 12 point typeface. Include an abstract of no more than 100 words, references, footnotes, tables, and figures as necessary.

  • Submissions must include at least one JEL classification code.

  • Submissions must include a title page with each author’s affiliation, mailing address, phone, and e-mail. At the time of submission, it is the author's responsibility to mask their identity on their manuscript. WEAI will not intentionally reveal author identity during the review process.

  • Authors who wish to direct their submission to a special issue or symposium, must indicate as such during the submission process in the fill-in box provided.  We encourage you to also indicate this in your cover letter as well.

  • Authors are strongly encouraged to use appendices that can be placed in an on-line annex for the journal. These files must be identified at the time of submission and submitted as supporting files.  

  • Economic Inquiry and Contemporary Economic Policy maintain strong desk rejection policies. Editors or co-editors will screen all submissions before sending them to referees for further evaluation. Referee reports will not be solicited when, in the judgment of the editors or co-editors, no reports are needed to conclude that a manuscript is not suitable for publication in Economic Inquiry or Contemporary Economic Policy. Submission fees will not be refunded in such cases. 

  • Submission fees must be paid at the time of submission or the manuscript will not be considered. If you have any questions, contact [email protected]. Economic Inquiry submission is $120 for members and $180 for nonmembers. Contemporary Economic Policy submission is $90 for members and $100 for nonmembers. Submission fees are waived for members who submit revised conference papers within six months after WEAI conferences. Non-members are invited to join at the time of submission. Submission fees are not refundable.

  • Online Open Access: If you prefer or if your employer or funding source requires your research to be published under a Creative Commons license, the fee to do so is US$2500 for Contemporary Economic Policy and US$2900 for Economic Inquiry. If your article is accepted for publication, the Online Open fee is due before it enters the production process.

  • Disclosure Policy:  Please thoroughly review WEAI's Disclosure Policy. All submissions, including revisions, should be accompanied by a Disclosure Statement. This is applicable even when the authors have no relevant conflicts of interest to disclose. All coauthors should provide a separate Disclosure Statement at the time of submission.  The statements will also need to disclose whether IRB approval was obtained for the project, and if not, state the reason(s). Submissions that do not include these statements will be considered incomplete and may not be reviewed. 

  • Source Information: Source information for tables, figures, maps, photos, and other artwork should be mentioned in the captions. For material that is copyrighted, you must obtain a letter of permission from the copyright holder.

  • Co-editor Preference:  Authors may request that a particular co-editor or specialized co-editor should handle the manuscript.  Please add “I suggest ________ handle my manuscript” to the letter accompanying your submission. This is not a guarantee that the paper will be handled by that editor, but assures due consideration.

  • Previous Submission Results: If you have an editorial decision letter from another journal and the editor’s decision, referee reports, and your response to those reports that you would like to submit along with your manuscript, you may upload these documents during the submission process under the category “Supporting Information NOT for Review”.

  • No Revisions Option (for EI only):  Economic Inquiry has a “No Revisions” option for submissions, which means exactly what it says—if you submit under No Revisions, the editor or the co-editor will either accept or reject.  What will not happen is a request for a revision.  If the authors intend to have the paper considered under this option, please read the No Revisions Policy carefully.  The EI manuscript submission website has a selection for No Revisions, but authors should also state in their cover letter that they seek the No Revisions option.

  • Miscellany (for EI only):  A “Miscellany" section is available in Economic Inquiry and intended for humor and curiosities.  Economic Inquiry has a venerable tradition in humor, dating at least to the publication of Axel Leijonhufvud’s 1973 “Life Among the Econ.”  At most one paper per journal issue will be devoted to this section; please indicate on the pdf and in the cover letter when a submission is intended for this section.