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Instructions to authors

Please note the journal now requires authors to complete their copyright licence to publish form online.


Economic Policy welcomes submissions of papers in all fields of economics but characterised by a significant policy content, which should not come at the expenses of rigour of their theoretical framework and empirical analysis. Completed drafts should be submitted online at https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ecpol Short proposals are also welcome but completed drafts are preferred.

The Managing Editors will also occasionally invite contributions for special issues on highly relevant and urgent policy issues.

Manuscript files should be submitted in editable files such as Microsoft Word or LaTeX format. They should include the author's affiliations as these are to appear in the Journal.

Guidance on style and contents of articles

Instructions for writing an Economic Policy paper are available to download. Please read these instructions carefully before planning your draft outline and again before writing your first draft.

Information about the template Word document for Economic Policy papers is available to view.

Data Access Policy

EP has the policy that all empirical, experimental and simulation results should, where possible, be accessible and replicable. Authors of accepted papers are required to submit data sets, programs, a full list of data sources, and information on empirical analysis, experiments and simulations that are needed for replication. Replication will be carried out by the journal, and the material will be published alongside the article on the EP website.

Authors who are unable to comply with this policy (e.g. due to the use of proprietary data or because individuals are identifiable from the data) must provide a reason to the EP editors, and they must provide information about how the data can be accessed and sufficient information for the results to be replicated by others who obtain access to the data. The editors reserve the right to refuse to publish articles where the data, programs etc are not provided and where, in their view, there is no justifiable reason for not making them available.

Footnotes and references

Footnotes should be numbered consecutively and should not be embedded within the text. References should be included in the reference section at the end of each paper, and not as footnotes. Authors are responsible for checking the accuracy of all references.

Colour figures

Economic Policy operates a flexible colour option. All figures submitted to the journal in colour will be published in colour online at no cost (unless the authors specifically requests that their figures be in black and white online). Authors may choose to also publish their figures in colour in the print journal for £350/€525/$600 per figure: you will be asked to approve this cost in an e-mail after your article is accepted for publication. Colour figures must have a resolution of at least 300 dots per inch at their final size. You will be issued an invoice at the time of publication. Orders from the UK will be subject to the current UK VAT charge. For orders from elsewhere in the EU you or your institution should account for VAT by way of a reverse charge.  Please provide us with your or your institution’s VAT number.

Copyright licence form

Upon receipt of accepted manuscripts at Oxford University Press (‘OUP’), authors will be invited to complete an online copyright licence to publish form.

Please note that by submitting an article for publication you confirm that you are the corresponding/submitting author and that OUP may retain your email address for the purpose of communicating with you about the article. You agree to notify OUP immediately if your details change. If your article is accepted for publication OUP will contact you using the email address you have used to correspond with the Economic Policy editorial office.

You will need to confirm that any necessary permissions have been obtained from the copyright owners of any third party material included in the article (please contact the Commissioning Editor for further details). This ensures that requests from third parties to reproduce articles are handled efficiently and consistently and will also allow the article to be as widely disseminated as possible. 

In granting this exclusive license, contributors may use the material in reworked form in other publications provided that the journal is acknowledged as the original place of publication and OUP is notified in writing and in advance.

Proofs and offprints

Authors will receive proofs of their article for correction. No major changes are permissible at this stage and alterations should be limited to typographical errors only. Authors should return corrected proofs to the Publisher within 48 hours of receipt. Offprints can be purchased using the Oxford University Press Author Services site at the same time as signing the licence to publish.

Advance Access

Advance Access articles are published online soon after they have been accepted for publication, in advance of their appearance in a printed journal. Appearance in Advance Access constitutes official publication, and the Advance Access version can be cited by a unique DOI (Digital Object Identifier). When an article appears in an issue, it is removed from the Advance Access page. Articles posted for Advance Access have been copyedited and typeset and any corrections included. This is before they are paginated for inclusion in a specific issue of the journal. Once an article appears in an issue, both versions of the paper continue to be accessible and citable.

Crossref Funding Data Registry

In order to meet your funding requirements authors are required to name their funding sources in the manuscript. For further information on this process or to find out more about the CHORUS initiative please click here.

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