Institutional Subscriptions FAQs

Find answers to frequently asked questions about Institutional Subscriptions here.

What if my subscription expires before I make my renewal payment?

The AEA does not back-start subscriptions, so you will have a lapse in your subscription if your renewal is not paid before the expiration date. If this happens, you can purchase the missing issues with the Back Issue Order Form.

What if I don’t receive an issue?

Occasionally, issues get lost in the mail. If this happens to you, contact the Subscription Services Department at 615-322-2595 or email and verify that your mailing address is correct. If the address is correct and your subscription was current at the time of the journal publication, then the AEA will reship the issue to you. (Note:  AEA policy is to honor journal claims up to 1 year past the publication date and allows for a one-time replacement at no cost to the subscriber.)

What if I want to order a subscription with a purchase order number from my institution?

The AEA requires prepayment for all subscriptions. No purchase orders will be accepted.

What if we paid for a year subscription and cancelled the following year. Can we get perpetual access the year that we paid for?

The American Economic Association participates in Portico--an online preservation and archiving service.

Does an online subscription include access to pre-publication articles of the AEA.

Preview of forthcoming articles is for AEA members only. Institutional subscribers are not permitted access to forthcoming AEA articles.

What is the process for renewing directly through the AEA instead of going through our current agent?

Contact your agent first to advise them that you will not be renewing with them. Agents normally pay for renewals a couple of months prior to expiration. Then you can log in to your account and pay online, or mail your payment to the AEA business office before your expiration date to insure that you will not have a lapse in service.