Preparing to Submit for Review

Comparative Economic Studies will consider submissions prepared in acceptable academic formats. Tables and figures may be embedded in the text or placed at the end of the paper; authors may use footnotes or endnotes and bibliographic styles of their choice when submitting papers for review. Papers accepted for publication will have to be prepared according to the journal's style instructions below.
Before submitting a manuscript for review, please gather the following information:

  • All Author(s): first and last names; affiliations; countries; e-mail addresses; biographies
  • Article Title
  • Abstract
  • We prefer initial manuscript files for review to be submitted in Word format. (Please make sure the "Language" is "English" via Tools → Language → Set Language)
  • Figures/Images as separate files in TIFF, GIF, JPG, PDF, Postscript, or EPS format
  • Tables and graphs as separate files in Word or Excel format
  • Alternatively, figures and tables can be embedded in the MS Word file of the manuscript submitted for review
  • If you have any supplementary material, such as data sets, please upload this using the ‘Data Set’ file type and be sure to preface the name of the file with ‘ESM’

Please also note that:

  • The main article file and any table, figure etc. files should not contain any information that might identify the authors
  • Full contact details should be included in a separate file as indicated on the submission page. Only full contact details for the corresponding author are required and should include a full mailing address, telephone numbers and an email address
  • Please take care to create a title and an abstract that are direct and 'reader-friendly'. Any footnotes to the title should be placed at the bottom of page one and indicated by *. Acknowledgments should be put in a separate text section at the end of the paper

The manuscript submission process starts by pressing the "Submit Manuscript" link on your "Home" page after you have logged into the system. Please make sure you have gathered all the required manuscript information listed above BEFORE starting the submission process.

Form of Final Manuscript

All manuscripts should be in English, typed in 12 point font, double line spaced with 1″ margins on all sides, and submitted in MS Word or a compatible software file. You will be required to submit two documents, containing the following elements:

1. Author Contact Details

  • the title of the article
  • a short running title of no more than 40 characters (including spaces)
  • the authors' full names and affiliations
  • contact details (including email address, full postal address, telephone and fax numbers) for the corresponding author

Please note that your accepted paper will not be sent to publication without this file.

2. Article

  • the title of the article
  • an abstract of no more than 100 words. The abstract should include only text. Avoid the use of abbreviations and references
  • 3-6 keywords (for indexing and for web searches in your manuscript)
  • the full article text
  • footnotes to the text should be indicated by superscript Arabic numerals cited in order throughout the article. They should be typed double spaced on a separate page
  • ◦references (see formatting instructions below)

The reference section should follow the format described below.

Submit papers in Word (.doc, .docx), RTF or LaTeX format. PDF submissions are only permitted when accompanied by LaTeX files – see below.

Submitting LaTeX Files

Authors wishing to submit LaTeX files should note the following:

  1. Upload your article in PDF format. Authors are responsible for compiling PDF files from the original LaTeX files. Figures should be included in the compiled PDF and should not be uploaded as individual files. In the submission system choose 'Article file' as the file type.
  2. In addition, upload your original LaTeX files in a zipped folder. (including article, figure, bibliography and library files). In the submission system choose 'LaTeX files in zipped folder' as the file label.
  3. Submit an author information file as described above.

Please note that PDF submissions are only accepted when accompanied by a zipped folder containing source LaTeX files. PDF submissions of final manuscripts not accompanied by LaTeX files will be returned to authors for correction and resubmission.

Please note this journal does not have a LaTeX template.


The reference section must be double spaced. It should begin on a new page following the text and give full information for each item referenced.

The Harvard style of referencing should be used. This entails references within the text in (name, date) format, and a full alphabetical bibliography at the end of the text. List last name of author or editor first, followed by initials. List all authors/editors up to/including 10 names. If you refer to two or more publications by the same author that have been published in the same year, distinguish between them by using a, b, c, and so on: (Clarke, 2003a, 2003b).

Authors of articles and books without specific authors or editors, such as government documents, bulletins, or newspapers, are to be listed alphabetically.

Please note the following:

Quoting references in the text:

In A Cyborg Manifesto Haraway wrote that 'the need for unity of people trying to resist world-wide intensification of domination has never been more acute' (Haraway, 1991, p. 154).
A long direct quote (~more than 40 words)

Haraway argues:

Acknowledging the agency of the world in knowledge makes room for some unsettling possibilities, including a sense of the world's independent sense of humour. Such a sense of humour is not comfortable for humanists and others committed to the world as resource (Haraway, 1991, p. 199).

Style examples for the reference section:


Autor, D, Levy, F and Murnane, RJ. 2003: The skill content of recent technological change: An empirical exploration. Quarterly Journal of Economics 118(4): 1279-1333.


Porter, M. 1990: . The competitive advantage of nations. The Free Press: New York.

Chapters in edited volumes

Levy, F and Temin, P. 2009: Institutions and wages in post-world war II America. In: Brown, C, Eichengreen, B and Reich, M (eds). Labor in the Era of Globalization, Chapter 1. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge.

Unpublished papers

Jensen, JB and Kletzer, L. 2005: Tradable services: Understanding the scope and impact of services outsourcing. . Peterson Institute for International Economics Working Paper 05-9, Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economics: Washington DC.


Guerrera, F and Kapner, S. 2010: Amex chief calls for jobs taskforce. Financial Times, 5 December,, accessed 20 January 2011.


Please use US spellings consistently throughout the text. Use Webster's Collegiate for US spellings. US spellings will prefer '-ize' to '-ise' as a verb ending.