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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

  1. Prepare your manuscript as an MS Word or RTF document.

  2. Check to be certain the final version of the manuscript is:
    - Prepared in accordance with the latest edition of the APA Publication Manual.
    - Single-spaced throughout, including tables, figures, quotes, headings, and references.
    - Formatted with a running head and page number in the upper right corner of each page.

  3. Abstract
    Include an abstract of no more than 100 words that provides a brief and comprehensive summary of the article's contents (keep details to a minimum) as well as a good idea of the benefits to be gained from reading the article.

  4. Keywords and classification
    Include 5–7 keywords that accurately describe the manuscript's primary topic(s). Also include JEL (Journal of Economic Literature) Classification (http://www.aeaweb.org/journal/jel_class_system.php), please use no more than 2-3 descriptors.

  5. Subdivision - numbered sections
    Divide your article into clearly defined and numbered sections. Subsections should be numbered 1.1 (then 1.1.1, 1.1.2, ...), 1.2, etc. (the abstract is not included in numbering). Use this numbering also for internal cross-referencing: do not just refer to "the text". Any subsection may be given a brief heading. Each heading should appear on its own separate line.

  6. Tables and figures
    Number tables consecutively in accordance with their appearance in the text. Place footnotes to tables below the table body and indicate them with superscript lowercase letters. Avoid vertical rules. Be sparing in the use of tables and ensure that the data presented in tables do not duplicate results described elsewhere in the article.

  7. References
    Citation in text. Please ensure that every reference cited in the text is also present in the reference list.

    All citations in the text should refer to:
    1. Single author: the author's name (without initials, unless there is ambiguity) and the year of publication;
    2. Two or three authors: all authors' names and the year of publication;
    3. More authors: first author's name followed by "et al." and the year of publication. Citations may be made directly (or parenthetically). Groups of references should be listed first alphabetically, then chronologically.

    Examples: "as demonstrated (Allan, 1996a, 1996b, 1999; Allan & Jones, 1995). Kramer et al. (2000) have recently shown ...."

    Examples for reference list:
    References should be arranged first alphabetically and then further sorted chronologically if necessary. More than one reference from the same author(s) in the same year must be identified by the letters "a", "b", "c", etc., placed after the year of publication.

    Journal publication:
    Van der Geer, J., Hanraads, J.A.J. & Lupton, R.A. (2000). The art of writing a scientific article. Journal of the Sociological Communication, 163(2), 51–59.

    Strunk Jr., W. & White, E.B. (1979). The Elements of Style (3rd ed.). New York: Macmillan.
    Chapter in an edited book:
    Mettam, G.R. & Adams, L.B. (1999). How to prepare an electronic version of your article. In Jones, B.S. & Smith , R.Z. (Eds.), Introduction to the Electronic Age (pp. 281–304). New York:

    Web sites
    Factiva (2010). Dow Jones Reuters Business Interactive LLC. http://www.factiva.com (accessed June 5, 2010).

  8. Funding
    All sources of funding should be clearly stated in a funding statemement (at the end of the paper, directly following conclusions (before references).

  9. Other considerations
    - Manuscripts should be checked for spelling and grammatical errors.
    - In case any copyrighted material from other sources is used, appropriate permission for use should be obtained.
    - Any conflict of interest should be declared.
    - Every submission is checked with anti-plagiarism software.

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