AEJ: Applied: Submission Guidelines
Please read our submission guidelines thoroughly before submitting a paper.
Any paper submitted to the AEJ: Applied Economics 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 AEJ: Applied Economics. The AEJ: Applied Economics reserves the right to reject papers without review. Papers rejected without review will receive a 50% refund of the submission fee.
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. Please upload disclosure statements in Step 5 of the submission process for original submissions and Step 6 for revisions.
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.
Policy on Papers Previously Submitted to the AER and AER: Insights
The American Economic Journals will consider papers previously reviewed by the American Economic Review and AER: Insights. Authors of manuscripts previously reviewed by these journals may request that, subject to the referees' agreement, the full correspondence files of the referees (including cover letters as well as referees' reports) be shared with the editors of the AEJ to which the author is applying (AEJ: Applied Economics, AEJ: Economic Policy, AEJ: Macroeconomics, or AEJ: Microeconomics), who will have the discretion to make a decision based on these reports or to request additional reports.
If you wish to take advantage of this option answer YES to the question on the online submission form asking "Has your paper previously been submitted to the AER or AER: Insights, and if yes, would you like to request the materials from your review be forwarded to the AEJ editors?" If you DO NOT wish the AEJ editors to see the file of a paper previously submitted to the AER or AER: Insights, answer NO to the question. When such a request has been made, the AEJ staff will contact each referee to obtain his or her permission, and if it is granted, will forward all referee correspondence to the AEJ editor.
If an author chooses to ask the AEJ editor to use the previous referee reports and correspondence, it is not necessary to change the paper in response to the AER or AER: Insights referee comments at this stage. However, if you do change it, also separately upload the original version of the paper that was sent to the AER or AER: Insights and a letter detailing the changes you made and choose the file designation 'Misc. (for review).'
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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/aej-applied. Upon receipt of the paper, a confirmation e-mail will be sent electronically.
All manuscripts should be submitted in PDF format. We encourage authors to keep papers at or below 50 pages (double spaced) or 40 pages (1.5 line spaced) with 12-point font, including reference lists, figures, and tables. However, these limits are not required at the time of submission.
Please use 12-point Times New Roman or similar font. Margins should be 1 to 1.5 inches on the top, bottom, and sides. Papers should have double or 1.5 line spacing.
- Your manuscript should include a title page with each author's name, institution, 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. Please upload disclosure statements in Step 5 of the submission process for original submissions and Step 6 for revisions.
- Include an abstract of 100 or fewer words.
- Any requests for an exemption from our Data and Code 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.
- The American Economic Association operates a Registry for Randomized Controlled Trials (RCTs). As of January 2018, registration in the RCT registry is mandatory for all applicable submissions. This applies to field experiments. Laboratory experiments do not need to be registered at this time. You will be asked to provide your AEARCT identification number in the online submission form. Please include your number in the acknowledgement footnote in your paper, as well.
- We offer submitting authors the option of using our AEA templates. If these templates are used, they should be used in "review mode:"
- 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 and Code Availability Policy.
- In tables, please report standard errors in parentheses but do not use *s to report significance levels.
- 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.
Not all document types are covered in reference list software. We include helpful guidelines for several document types at our Sample References page.
- View AEA style guidelines for published papers.
- Authors may opt to publish joint papers in random order of coauthors using the symbol ⓡ between author names.