The American Economic Review: Submission Guidelines
Effective July 1, 2012
DOs and DON'Ts: Tips for Submitting Authors
Any paper submitted to the American Economic Review should NOT be under consideration for publication at another journal. All submitted papers must also represent original work, and should fully reference and describe all prior work on the same subject and compare the submitted paper to that work.
In an effort to prevent plagiarism, the American Economic Association subscribes to CrossCheck to screen its submissions. CrossCheck has a "database of current and archival scholarly literature" and uses the Ithenticate tool to "compare authored work against the content in the database and highlight matching or similar text for further editorial review." Submission to AEA journals implies permission of the Association to check the submission electronically for plagiarism, using the CrossCheck system.
Submission fees must be paid by credit card at the time of submission. We are unable to review manuscripts that have been previously rejected by the AER. The AER reserves the right to reject papers without review.
Effective July 1, 2012: All submissions, including revisions, must be accompanied by a Disclosure Statement. This is applicable even when the authors have no relevant interests to disclose. Authors will need to provide a separate Disclosure Statement for each coauthor 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 the statements will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed.
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. In the US, Canada, EU countries, and Japan, copyright is automatically granted for photos to the owner(s) of the photos.
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Read guidelines thoroughly. Papers will not be reviewed if they do not follow our submission guidelines.
Papers should be submitted electronically to http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/aer . Upon receipt of the paper, a confirmation e-mail will be sent electronically.
- All manuscripts should be submitted in PDF format with 1.5 line spacing and should not exceed 40 pages (a 50-page limit applies to double-spaced manuscripts). This limit includes reference lists, figures, and tables.
- Please use 12-point Times New Roman or similar font. Margins should be 1.5 inches on the top, bottom, and sides.
- Please include the words "For Online Publication" at the beginning of any lengthy appendix. The 40-page manuscript limit can be exceeded by an appendix if it is clearly marked as such.
- Your manuscript should include a title page with each author's name and contact information.
- Effective July 1, 2012: All submissions, including revisions, must be accompanied by a Disclosure Statement. This is applicable even when the authors have no relevant interests to disclose. Authors will need to provide a separate Disclosure Statement for each coauthor 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 the statements will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed.
- Include an abstract of 100 or fewer words.
- Any requests for an exemption from our Data Availability Policy should be made in your cover letter when your paper is first submitted.
- Fully reference all prior work on the same subject and compare your paper to that work. In addition to referencing the work of other scholars, you should be certain to cite your own work when applicable.
- We offer submitting authors the option of using our templates. If these templates are used, they should be used in "review mode:"
- If your paper is selected for publication, appendices longer than five pages will appear only on our website and not in the printed journal. Such appendices will be posted without being typeset or edited by the journal.
- If your paper is accepted for publication, all data used in your analysis should be clearly and precisely documented and should be made available on the journal’s website for purposes of replication. See Data Availability Policy.
- We encourage you to use bibliographic software when preparing your reference list. If you are using such software, please select “Chicago Manual Author-Date” style.
- AEA style guidelines for published papers: http://www.aeaweb.org/aer/styleguide.php.
Not all document types are covered in reference list software. We include helpful guidelines for several document types at http://www.aeaweb.org/sample_references.pdf.
See also: http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/home.html.