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The Journal of Economic Geography seeks to redefine and reinvigorate the links between the disciplines of economics and geography. It aims to publish original academic research, critical surveys, and discussion of the highest scholarly standard in the field of 'economic geography' broadly defined. Submitted papers will be evaluated on the basis of their creativity, quality of scholarship, and contribution to advancing understanding of the geographic nature of economic systems and global economic change.

Submitted manuscripts must be original, unpublished contributions (with the exception of working papers series - please see the pre-publication policy below). They must not be concurrently on offer to any other publication. Authors submitting a manuscript do so on the understanding that if it is accepted for publication copyright of the article will be assigned to Oxford University Press.

The corresponding author will receive the URL of the article free of charge to distribute in place of offprints, with the option to purchase offprints from the Oxford Journals Author Services site at reasonable prices.

The Editors' decision is final.

Manuscripts must be submitted online via http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/joeg in an editable file format such as Word or LaTeX. 

Please note that the journal does not accept unsolicited book reviews, and that commissioned book reviews should not be submitted to manuscript central, but should instead be sent directly to the Book Review Editor.

Manuscripts should be no longer than 8000 words and should be written in English. They should be prefaced by a short abstract of no more than 100 words, followed by four keywords and JEL codes suitable for indexing and classification purposes. Manuscripts will not normally be returned to authors.

The Journal uses a double-blind refereeing system, so it is necessary for the author's name to be removed from the manuscript. In the case of multiple authors, the submission should nominate one author as the point of contact for the Editors and provide full details (including e-mail and fax) of an address for correspondence.

Revised and accepted manuscripts must be submitted in the house-style of the Journal (see a recent issue), on one side only of A4 or US letter-size paper, double spaced (including footnotes and references), with a wide margin, and with the pages numbered. Avoid excessive use of footnotes. Tables and figures should be numbered consecutively throughout the manuscript, should be attached on separate sheets at the end of the manuscript, and their approximate position indicated in the text. Citations in the text should use the Harvard System of short references, for example, Clark (1999) or (Clark, 1999), followed by a, b, ... when two or more references to work by one author are given for the same year, e.g. (Clark, 1999a, 1999b). Page numbers should be given in the case of quotations, e.g. (Clark, 1999b, 186-92). At the end of the text a full listing of references in alphabetical order should be provided in the following style:

Clark, G.L., Feldman, M., Gertler, M.S. (2000) Oxford Handbook of Economic Geography . Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Martin, R.L. (1999), The new 'geographical turn' in economics: some critical reflections, Cambridge Journal of Economics , 23: 65-91

The Economist (1999) Knowing your place. The Economist , 13 March, 130.

Venables, A. (1997) Trade liberalization and factor mobility. Discussion Paper 352, Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics.

Howard, E., Dragun, D. (2002) Retailer internationalisation and the VIP project, Proceedings of the Asia Pacific Retail Conference 2002, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, 30 October–2 November, pp. 22–35.

Authors are asked to keep in mind that the Journal is cross-disciplinary and that the mathematical training of its readers is varied. On the one hand, attempting to express a mathematical argument exclusively in words is counterproductive. On the other, through good exposition (eg, using lemmas for intermediate technical results, separating proofs from explanation, putting routine proofs and algebra in technical appendices) it should always be possible to make the central results and the line of argument intelligible to the general reader.

Authors are expected to correct proofs quickly and to make no revision to proofs. The Press reserves the right to charge authors for revisions made to proofs.

Colour Figures

The Journal of Economic Geography is happy to announce the launch of the Flexible Colour Option, beginning for all articles accepted after September 2009. All figures submitted to the journal in colour will be published in colour online at no cost (unless the author 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 £95 per figure: you will be asked to approve this cost in an email after your article is accepted for publication. Colour figures must have a resolution of at least 300 dots per inch at their final sizes. You will be issued an invoice at the time of publication. Figure legends must be suitably worded to apply to both the print and online versions of the article.

Figures and Tables should be submitted in their final form.

Book Reviews

The Journal of Economic Geography also reviews selected books in the field of 'economic geography' broadly defined. Potential books for review by the Journal should be sent to the Book Review Editor listed in the most recent issue of the journal or the editorial board page of the journal's website.

Author Self-Archiving/Public Access policy from May 2005

For information about this journal's policy, please visit our Author Self-Archiving policy page .


Details of all funding sources for the work in question should be given in a separate section entitled 'Funding'. This should appear before the 'Acknowledgements' section.

The following rules should be followed:

  • The sentence should begin: ‘This work was supported by …’
  • The full official funding agency name should be given, i.e. ‘National Institutes of Health’, not ‘NIH’ (full RIN-approved list of UK funding agencies) Grant numbers should be given in brackets as follows: ‘[grant number xxxx]’
  • Multiple grant numbers should be separated by a comma as follows: ‘[grant numbers xxxx, yyyy]’
  • Agencies should be separated by a semi-colon (plus ‘and’ before the last funding agency)
  • Where individuals need to be specified for certain sources of funding the following text should be added after the relevant agency or grant number 'to [author initials]'.

An example is given here: ‘This work was supported by the National Institutes of Health [AA123456 to C.S., BB765432 to M.H.]; and the Alcohol & Education Research Council [hfygr667789].’

Crossref Funding Data Registry

In order to meet your funding requirements authors are required to name their funding sources, or state if there are none, during the submission process. For further information on this process or to find out more about the CHORUS initiative please click here .


Upon receipt of accepted manuscripts at Oxford Journals 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 Oxford University Press ("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 in the registration process. Please note that OUP does not retain copies of rejected articles.

Journal of Economic Geography authors have the option to publish their paper under the Oxford Open initiative; whereby, for a charge, their paper will be made freely available online immediately upon publication. After your manuscript is accepted the corresponding author will be required to accept a mandatory licence to publish agreement. As part of the licensing process you will be asked to indicate whether or not you wish to pay for open access. If you do not select the open access option, your paper will be published with standard subscription-based access and you will not be charged.

Oxford Open articles are published under Creative Commons licences. Authors publishing in the Journal of Economic Geography can use the following Creative Commons licences for their articles:

Creative Commons Attribution licence (CC BY)

Creative Commons Non-Commercial licence (CC BY-NC)

Creative Commons non-Commercial No Derivatives licence (CC BY-NC-ND)

Please click here for more information about the Creative Commons licences.

You can pay Open Access charges using our Author Services site. This will enable you to pay online with a credit/debit card, or request an invoice by email or post. The open access charges applicable are:

Regular charge - £1850/ $3000 / €2450

Reduced Rate Developing country charge* - £925 / $1500 / €1225

Free Developing country charge* - £0 /$0 / €0

*Visit our Developing Countries page for a list of qualifying countries

Please note that these charges are in addition to any colour/page charges that may apply.

Orders from the UK will be subject to the current UK VAT charge. For orders from the rest of the European Union, OUP will assume that the service is provided for business purposes. Please provide a VAT number for yourself or your institution, and ensure you account for your own local VAT correctly.


The Journal of Economic Geography 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:

1. Pre-publication in working paper series is allowed where submission to the working paper series is prior to acceptance by the Journal.

2. The working paper version may remain online after publication in the Journal.

3. The working paper version should NOT be updated after acceptance by the Journal.

4. 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).



A paper submitted by one of the Editors will be handled by another Editor who is not at the same institution in consultation with one of the Associate Editors. The other Editor will select referees and make all decisions on the paper. The decision process will be handled in such a way that the submitting Editor does not have access to information or correspondence relating to the submission.

Submission by author at same institution as an Editor

A paper submitted by an author who is at the same institution as one of the Editors will be handled by one of the other Editors who is not at that institution in consultation with one of the Associate Editors as appropriate. The Editor who is at the same institution as the author may suggest referees if the paper is in his/her own discipline, but will not select referees or make any decisions on the paper.

Submission by author whose relationship with Editor might create the perception of bias

If a paper is submitted by an author whose relationship with one of the Editors might create the perception of bias (e.g. in terms of close friendship, coauthorship or conflict/rivalry), the Editor will declare a potential conflict of interest. When a paper falls within the Editor’s area of expertise they may be assigned the paper, but no decision on the paper will be made without the agreement of another Editor who will have full access to the reports of the referees. Otherwise, the paper will be dealt with using the same process as that used for submission by an author at the same institution.

Submission by family member of Editor

If a paper is submitted by a family member of one of the Editors, the Editor will declare a conflict of interest and the paper will be handled by one of the other Editors in consultation with one of the Associate Editors as appropriate. The Editor who has declared a conflict of interest will not be involved in selecting referees or making any decisions on the paper.

General policy

If an Editor feels that there is likely to be a perception of a conflict of interest in relation to their handling of a submission, they will declare it to the other Editors, and the paper will be handled in the same way as described above.


Potential conflict of interest for referee

The invitation letter to referees will include the following wording: ‘If you feel there is a potential conflict of interest in your refereeing this paper, please declare it. By accepting this invitation, it is assumed there is no such conflict of interest.’ Standard policy will be not to use a referee if a conflict of interest has been declared, but the Editors may use their discretion.


Sources of funding

On acceptance, authors will be asked to provide a statement declaring all sources of funding relating to their paper, and the statement will be printed on the title page or at the end of their paper.

Review Editor

Sending Review Editor’s own book out for review

In the case of the Review Editor’s own books, one of the Editors who is not at the same institution as the Review Editor will handle the process, including the initial decision as to whether the book should be reviewed, the choice of reviewer and the decision whether to accept the review for publication. The process will be handled in such a way that the Review Editor does not have access to information or correspondence relating to the review.

Book reviewers

Potential conflict of interest for book reviewer

The invitation letter to reviewers should include the following wording: ‘If you feel there is a potential conflict of interest in your reviewing this book, please declare it. By accepting this invitation, it is assumed there is no potential conflict of interest.’ Standard policy will be not to use a reviewer if a conflict of interest has been declared, but the Review Editor may use his/her discretion after consulting with the Editors.


Authors should observe high standards with respect to publication ethics as set out by the Commission on Publication Ethics (COPE) . Falsification or fabrication of data, plagiarism, including duplicate publication of the authors’ own work without proper citation, and misappropriation of the work are all unacceptable practices. Any cases of ethical misconduct are treated very seriously and will be dealt with in accordance with the COPE guidelines.


All authors should have been involved in the writing of the manuscript at draft and any revision stages, and have read and approved the final version. Anyone who made major contributions to the writing of the manuscript should be listed as an author (e.g. “ghost writing” is prohibited by the Journal). Any other individuals who made less substantive contributions to the writing of the manuscript should be listed in the acknowledgement section. Any change in authorship (including author order) after the initial manuscript submission must be approved in writing by all authors.


By submitting your manuscript to the journal it is understood that this it is an original manuscript and is unpublished work, except in working paper series, and is not under consideration elsewhere. Plagiarism, including duplicate publication of the author’s own work, in whole or in part without proper citation is not tolerated by the journal. Manuscripts submitted to the journal may be checked for originality using anti-plagiarism software.

Conflicts of Interest

At the point of submission, each author should reveal any financial interests or connections, direct or indirect, or other situations that might raise the question of bias in the work reported or the conclusions, implications, or opinions stated – including pertinent commercial or other sources of funding for the individual author(s) or for the associated department(s) or organization(s), personal relationships, or direct academic competition. When considering whether you should declare a conflicting interest or connection please consider the conflict of interest test: Is there any arrangement that would embarrass you or any of your co-authors if it was to emerge after publication and you had not declared it?

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