Manuscript format and style guide

All articles submitted to The Geneva Papers are double-blind reviewed. Please ensure that no author names are given in the main article file and that author names have been taken out of the 'File' 'Properties' screen in MS Word.
Articles should be submitted in MS Word or other editable format, and should be no longer than 8,000 words.

Title page

As the online submission system captures author names and contact details, the title page should list ONLY the title of the article and suggestions for a short running title of no more than 40 characters (including spaces). Titles should be short, and abstracts should be informative for non-specialists.


Authors are asked to supply an abstract of no more than 150 words.
Please be sure that the abstract page does not contain any information identifying the author(s). Also, please take care to create a title and an abstract that are direct and 'reader-friendly'.


Include up to six keywords that describe your paper for indexing and for web searches in your manuscript.


The introduction should give a clear introduction to the subject followed by an indication of the most important published results relating to this matter. The conclusion should incorporate a non-technical summary of the findings, their significance, limitations and possible applications. More theoretical articles should be submitted to The Geneva Risk and Insurance Review. The references should be limited to the articles, books and other items that have a direct bearing on the topic being addressed.

All manuscripts should be double-spaced. Margins should be one inch (2.5cm) at the top, bottom and sides of the page. Font size should be 12 point or larger. The first lines of paragraphs, except the first paragraph of the manuscript, should be indented and separated by a double line space. Footnotes should be kept to a minimum. Substantive comments should be integrated within the text rather than placed in a note. Endnotes, references, appendices, tables and figures should be placed at the end of the manuscript.


References to published works must be indicated in the text by a superscript number and cited in footnotes according to the author (year) system [e.g. Rothschild and Stiglitz (1970)]. Where necessary full citation details and additional reading should be listed alphabetically as a separate appendix titled 'References' at the end of the manuscript.

The following are examples of proper form:

Journal Articles

Cummins, J.D., Doherty, N.A. and Lo, A. (2002) 'Can insurers pay for the 'Big One'? Measuring the capacity of an insurance market to respond to catastrophic losses', Journal of Banking and Finance 26(2): 557-583.
(Include the issue number in brackets after the volume number)

Articles, Online Publication

Marano, P. (2010) ‘Reinsurance intermediaries: a comparison of the EU and U.S. regulatory approach’, The Geneva Papers advance online publication 3 March, doi:10.1057/gpp.2010.6.

Chapters in Edited Books

Borch, K. (1968) 'General equilibrium in the economics of uncertainty', in K. Borch and J. Mossin (eds.) Risk and Uncertainty, London: Macmillan, pp. 247-258.


Palm, R., Hodgson, M., Blanchard, D. and Lyons, D. (1990) Earthquake Insurance in California: Environmental Policy and Individual Decision Making, Boulder, CO: Westview Press.
(Use city where published, with abbreviation for state or province (North America) or full name of country, only if needed to identify a small city.)


International Monetary Fund (2003) Global Financial Stability Report (June), pp. 30-47

Working Papers and Papers presented at meetings

Hansen, M.T. (1998) Combining network centrality and related knowledge: Explaining effective knowledge sharing in multiunit firms, working paper, Harvard Business School, Boston, MA.
Epermanis, K. and Harrington, S. (2001) Financial Rating Changes and Market Discipline in US Property-Liability Insurance, paper presented at 2001 Risk Theory Society Meeting, Montreal.

Online documents

DEFRA (2001) 'Flood and Coastal Defence. The Autumn 2002 Floods', from incidents/floodinf.htm, accessed 12 March 2003.

About the Author

A short biography of not more than 75 words is required from each author and should be included in the Author Information File with the submission