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Manuscripts, submitted in triplicate, and books for review should be sent to: Murray Milgate, Queen's College, Cambridge, CB3 9ET, UK. They should be typed on one side only of A4 paper paper (210 X 297 mm or 81/2 x 111/2 in.) and double-spaced. Footnotes and references should be attached at the end of the main text and follow the same stylistic conventions as the manuscript.

Manuscripts will not normally be returned to authors. Contributions should not exceed 7500 words in length.

Footnotes should be kept to an absolute minimum; straightforward references to other sources should be included in the text.

References should be listed alphabetically and authors should adopt the following style:

KEYNES, J. M.(1937). Alternative theories of the rate of interest, Economic Journal , June.
SRAFFA, P. (1960). Production of Commodities by Means of Commodities, Cambridge, C.U.P.

In the text itself, these should be cited
either : Keynes (1937) and Sraffa (1960), or : (Keynes, 1937, p.250) and (Sraffa, 1960, p. 33).

Authors are asked to cite sources (in the text) according to the date of their original publication (full details of edition, editor and publisher of the reprint being used should then be provided in the list of references). For example, Smith (1776) in the text would be: SMITH, A. (1776). An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations , edited by E. CANNAN, London, Methuen (1961) in the list of references. Where quotations in languages other than English may be required, authors are asked to provide a translation into English in the footnote.

Manuscripts accepted for publication will be returned to authors for re-typing if not submitted in journal style. All articles should be prefaced with an Abstract not exceeding 100 words.

Authors of articles which are submitted for publication will be asked to supply a copy on computer disk whenever possible.

Authors are urged to adopt, as far as possible, Marshall's rules for the use of methematics: "(1) Use mathematics as a shorthand lauguage, rather than an engine of inquiry. (2) Keep to them till you have done. (3) Translate into English. (4) Then illustrate by examples that are important in real life. (5) Burn the mathematics." (Marshall to Bowley, 27th February 1906; in Memorials of Alfred Marshall , edited by A. C. Pigou, p. 427.

Authors are expected to correct proofs quickly and to make no revision to proofs. The editors reserve the right to charge authors for revisions made in proofs. No payment is made to the authors.

The corresponding author is entitled to receive 25 printed offprints free of charge. These can be claimed using the Oxford Journals Author Services site.


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Contributions to Political Economy does not accept papers that have been previously published elsewhere with the exception of working papers series. The Journal’s policy regarding working paper series is:

  • Pre-publication in working paper series is allowed where submission to the working paper series is prior to acceptance by the Journal.
  • The working paper version may remain online after publication in the Journal.
  • The working paper version should NOT be updated after acceptance by the Journal.
  • Authors are requested to append the appropriate citation to the working paper version on acceptance by the Journal (if the working paper series allows this).


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