Read about the aims and scope of this journal here.
1. Basic Requirements
At least initially, the names of the author(s), institutional affiliation(s) and other information that identifies authorship should not appear in the paper itself.
In the main document, below the title of the article, please place the abstract (maximum 200 words). This should be followed by the main body of the article.
Each submission should include 3-5 relevant key words suitable for indexing, this will be appended to the abstract.
Normally, articles (including footnotes and references) must be no longer than 10,000 words, inclusive of abstract, references, footnotes, tables, figures and references. Calculate the word equivalent for tables and figures by first estimating the number of pages to be occupied by the tables or figures, and then adding 500 words per page.
In special cases, such as an extended review or survey article, this inclusive limit may be extended from 10,000 to 12,000 words.
A declaration of the total word count (including abstract, footnotes, references, tables and figures) must accompany each article.
Footnotes should be kept to a minimum and the Harvard referencing system should be used.
Papers with some formal content will be considered if it is fully explained for a general readership, the mathematics is consigned as much as possible to appendices, the assumptions have sufficient grounding in reality, and the paper enhances our understanding of past, present, or feasible socio-economic institutions. JOIE is not interested in the advancement of formal or econometric technique for their own sake.
See also section 2 with "Further Guidelines" below.
Submission of a paper will be held to imply that it contains original unpublished work and is not being submitted for publication elsewhere.
2. Further Guidelines
Conceptual precision is no less important than mathematical precision. Furthermore, scholars working in the area come from different disciplines and schools of thought, so it is vital to give words clear meanings.
Terms that carry multiple meanings and are especially plagued by imprecision or ambiguity include: (a) institution, (b) formal, (c) informal, (d) culture, (e) routine, (f) habit, (g) neoclassical, (h) rational, (i) capitalism, (j) methodological individualism, (k) uncertainty, (l) determinism, (m) embedded, (n) evolutionary, plus many more. When using such terms, authors must make it clear what they mean. Do not assume that there is a consensus on their meaning, or that leading scholars in this area are always precise and clear.
Bad or unclear English can annoy referees. Improve your chances of a favourable outcome by paying attention to these matters before submission.
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 is optional, but may help to ensure that the academic content of the paper is fully understood by the editor and any reviewers. We list a number of third-party services specializing in language editing and / or translation, and suggest that authors contact as appropriate.
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.
Figures and Illustrations
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. There is no charge for including color figures in the online version of the journal. 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.
General Cambridge instructions for artwork may be found at: https://www.cambridge.org/core/services/authors/journals/journals-artwork-guide
3. Publishing Ethics
This journal publishes in accordance with Cambridge University Press’s publishing ethics guidelines, which apply to authors, peer reviewers, the editorial office and the journal as a whole. Anyone who believes that these guidelines have not been followed should raise their concern with the editor or email firstname.lastname@example.org