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Policy on prior publication

When authors submit manuscripts to this journal, these manuscripts should not be under consideration, accepted for publication or in press within a different journal, book or similar entity, unless explicit permission or agreement has been sought from all entities involved. However, deposition of a preprint on the author’s personal website, in an institutional repository, or in a preprint archive shall not be viewed as prior or duplicate publication. Authors should follow the Cambridge University Press Preprint Policy regarding preprint archives and maintaining the version of record. 

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Aims and Scope

The disciplines of economics and philosophy each possess their own special analytical methods, the combination of which is powerful and fruitful. Economics and Philosophy seeks to promote the mutual enrichment of the two disciplines by publishing high-quality original research in all contemporary areas linking them, as well as relevant book reviews. Economics and Philosophy only publishes articles that engage with issues that are of interest to both economists and philosophers. Topics include, but are not limited to, the foundations of rational or behavioral decision theory and game theory, the nature of rationality in general, issues at the intersection of economics with moral, political, and social philosophy, experimental research on economics and philosophy, and the philosophy and methodology of economics. Articles that employ mathematics must be written in such a way that they are accessible to readers with limited formal training. Economics and Philosophy does not publish historical or text-interpretive work unless it makes a contribution to current debates about economics and philosophy.

Editorial Policies

1. The Editors prefer papers of fewer than 12,000 words and may return longer papers to their authors without a review with a request that they be resubmitted in shorter form.

2. The Editors will consider short comments on or replies to papers published in Economics and Philosophy.  Comments and replies are expected to make a significant contribution to the literature in their own right. In case of a reply, the author of the original paper will be allowed to publish a short response (up to 300 words) alongside the reply.

3. If a submitted paper is closely related to previous work of the author or if arguments that have been developed previously by him or her are appealed to, then the paper must include a discussion of how it relates to this previous work.  The Editors recognize that there are limited circumstances in which this requirement warrants an exception to the double-blind policy.

4. In most cases, an author can refer to his or her earlier work in an anonymized version of the paper without self-identifying.  If an author does not believe that the paper can be anonymized so as to conceal his or her identity, a non-anonymized version may be submitted for review together with an explanation as to why it is not possible to anonymize the paper without self-identifying.  If the Editors agree with this assessment, then the non-anonymized version will be reviewed. Otherwise, the paper will be returned for anonymizing. 

If an author is invited to submit a revision and it will not be sent out for a further external review, then the Editors may ask for the revision to be non-anonymized.

Publishing ethics

Information on the publishing ethics of Economics and Philosophy can be found on the publishing ethics page and should be checked when preparing materials for submission.

Seeking permissions for copyrighted material

Guidance on seeking permissions for copyrighted material can be found in our guide for authors.

Text Conventions

1. Authors should make their writing attractive, and as clear and easy to follow as possible. Non-native speakers of English in particular should take steps to make sure that their writing is correct and readable.

2. Footnotes and Citations.  Footnotes should be used sparingly.  Do not use a footnote only to provide a citation.  Citations should appear in the main text.  Guidance about how to cite references may be found in the detailed instructions for preparing the final version of a paper, which will be provided on acceptance.

Endnotes are acceptable for review purposes, but the final version of an accepted article must use footnotes.

3. Spelling and Grammar. Stick consistently to either UK usage or US usage. 

Competing Interests

All authors must include a competing interest declaration in their title page. This declaration will be subject to editorial review and may be published in the article.

Competing interests are situations that could be perceived to exert an undue influence on the content or publication of an author’s work. They may include, but are not limited to, financial, professional, contractual or personal relationships or situations.

If the manuscript has multiple authors, the author submitting must include competing interest declarations relevant to all contributing authors. 

Example wording for a declaration is as follows: “Competing interests: Author 1 is employed at organisation A, Author 2 is on the Board of company B and is a member of organisation C. Author 3 has received grants from company D.” If no competing interests exist, the declaration should state “Competing interests: The author(s) declare none”. 

English language editing services 

Authors, particularly those whose first language is not English, may wish to have their English-language manuscripts checked by a native speaker before submission. This step is optional, but may help to ensure that the academic content of the paper is fully understood by the Editor and any reviewers.  

In order to help prospective authors to prepare for submission and to reach their publication goals, Cambridge University Press offers a range of high-quality manuscript preparation services – including language editing – delivered in partnership with American Journal Experts. You can find out more on our Language Services page.

Please note that the use of any of these services is voluntary, and at the author's own expense. Use of these services does not guarantee that the manuscript will be accepted for publication, nor does it restrict the author to submitting to a Cambridge-published journal. 

Author affiliations

Author affiliations should represent the institution(s) at which the research presented was conducted and/or supported and/or approved. For non-research content, any affiliations should represent the institution(s) with which each author is currently affiliated. 

For more information, please see our author affiliation policy and author affiliation FAQs.

Authorship and contributorship

All authors listed on any papers submitted to this journal must be in agreement that the authors listed would all be considered authors according to disciplinary norms, and that no authors who would reasonably be considered an author have been excluded. For further details on this journal’s authorship policy, please see this journal's publishing ethics policies.

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