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Instructions for Contributors


Contributions are welcomed from all countries. They should be written in English.


Manuscripts should be submitted electronically via Editorial Express at Files should be in PDF format with all fonts (and graphics) embedded and should be accompanied by a letter of submission. Manuscripts are accepted for review on the understanding that the same work has not been and will not be published nor is presently submitted elsewhere. While under editorial review, it is the responsibility of the authors to keep the Editor informed about submissions, publication plans, and actual publication of related research or abstracts thereof in other outlets, including letters, journals, review publications, journals in other disciplines, conference proceedings, and published dissertations. It is further understood that all persons listed as authors have given their approval for the submission of the article and that any person cited as a source of personal communication has approved such citation; written authorization may be required at the Editor’s discretion. Authors are responsible for obtaining written permission to publish material for which they do not own the copyright. Articles and other material published in Econometric Theory represent the opinions of the authors and should not be construed to reflect the opinions of the Editor, Advisory Board Editorial Board, or the Publisher.

Manuscript Revision

In the event that a manuscript is returned to the author for revision, the revised manuscript should normally be submitted no longer than one year after the revision request, unless otherwise indicated by the Co-Editor. A revision submitted after this time will generally be treated as a new submission.

File Format for Accepted Manuscripts

Submissions of all accepted manuscripts should include both a PDF file of the complete final version of the article together with all source files derived from any TeX program (Latex, Scientific Word) and any graphics files.

Preparation of Accepted Manuscripts

The entire manuscript (including notes and references) should be typed in 10 pt. or larger, at least 1.5 (preferably double) spacing, with wide margins to accommodate copyediting. Manuscript pages should be numbered consecutively. Page 1 should provide article title, author name(s) in the form preferred for publication, complete affiliation(s), and e-mail address(es). At the bottom of Page 1 place any footnotes to the title or authors, indicated by superscripts *, **, etc. Page 2 should contain a proposed running head (abbreviated title of no more then 40 characters) and the name of the author to whom proofs should be sent. Page 2 should also contain a short abstract of the article in less than 150 words. The Abstract will appear at the head of the article when published in the Journal. Theorem, lemma, proposition, and definition statements should appear in italic print.


All equations should be typewritten and the numbers for displayed equations should be in parentheses in the right margin [e.g., (1), (2), etc.; for Appendix equations use (A.1), (A.2), etc.].Text mentions of equations should simply use the form (2) or (A.3). Superscripts and subscripts should be typed clearly above and below the line, respectively. End-of proof signposts should appear as ∎. The mathematical expectation operator should be set in blackboard bold (open faced) E. Authors are encouraged to use the following order for enclosures, {[(...)]}.

Tables and Figures

Tables and figures should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they are mentioned in the text. Every table or figure should have a title or caption and at least one reference in the text to indicate its appropriate location. Figures must be submitted ready for reproduction in electronic form, preferably TIFF (line drawings at least 600 dpi, grey scale at least 300 dpi) or EPS (with fonts embedded) format. Figures should be submitted as high-resolution files. TIFF, EPS, or PDF files must be provided for all figures. Figures should remain legible at a 50% reduction, and letters within a word should not touch one another. Figure labels should correspond to text notation as to italic or roman typeface, and superscripts and subscripts should be in superior and inferior positions.

Color Figures

Charges apply for all color figures that appear in the print version of the journal. At the time of submission, contributors should clearly state whether their figures should appear in color in the online version only, or whether they should appear in color online and in the print version of the Journal. There is no charge for including color figures in the online version of the Journal but it must be clear that color is needed to enhance the meaning of the figure, rather than simply being for aesthetic purposes. If you request color figures in the printed version, you will be contacted by CCC-Rightslink who are acting on our behalf to collect Author Charges. Please follow their instructions in order to avoid any delay in the publication of your article.


First text citation of each reference should include all authors’ last names (and the year); use “et al.” thereafter. Complete bibliographic information for each citation should be included in the list of references. Journal names should not be abbreviated. References should be in alphabetical order and presented in the style of the following examples:

Bergstrom, A.R. (1976) Statistical Inference in Continuous Time Economic Models. North-Holland.

Giraitis, L. and D. Surgailis (1986) Multivariate Appell polynomials and the central limit theorem. In E. Eberleinand M.S. Taqqu (eds.), Dependence in Probability and Statistics: A Survey of Recent Results, pp. 21–72. Birkhauser.

Gregory, A.W. and G.W. Smith (1995) Business cycle theory and econometrics. Economic Journal 105, 1597–1608.

Articles published online but still forthcoming in print should be cited as follows:

Jochmans, K., M. Henry and B. Salanié. Inference on Two-Component Mixtures Under Tail Restrictions. Econometric Theory, first published online 04April 2016. doi:10.1017/S0266466616000098.


Footnotes should be numbered consecutively throughout the article and listed at the bottom of each page where the source is located in the text. Source citations within footnotes follow the same style as citations in the text.

Copyediting and Proofreading

The publisher reserves the right to copyedit and proofread all articles accepted for publication, but authors will be asked to review their manuscripts if changes have been substantial. Proofs will be sent (as PDF files attached to e-mail) to the corresponding author for corrections of typographical errors only.


Authors may purchase offprints if they are ordered at the proof stage (an order form will be sent with proofs).

Language Editing Services

Contributions written in English are welcomed from all countries. 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 is optional, but may help to ensure that the academic content of the paper is fully understood by the editor and any reviewers. Cambridge offers a service which authors can learn about here. 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.

Publishing your article as Gold Open Access

You will have the option to publish your article as Gold Open Access, enabling the final published version to be made freely available under a Creative Commons license. You might be required to pay an Article Processing Charge (APC) for Gold Open Access. You may be eligible for a waiver or discount, for example if your institution is part of a Read and Publish sales agreement with Cambridge University Press. For more information about your Open Access options, please see here. For more information about the benefits of choosing to publish Open Access, see here.

Last updated 2 January 2020