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Journal of Public Economic Theory

Instructions for Authors


The Journal of Public Economic Theory (JPET) publishes theoretical papers in all areas of public economics. JPET will consider survey articles notes, comments, exposita, and retrospectives as well as original research papers.

Authors submitting a manuscript do so on the understanding that if it is accepted for publication, copyright in the article, including the right to reproduce the article in all forms and media shall be assigned to the Publisher. The Publisher will not refuse any reasonable request by the author for permission to reproduce any of his or her contributions to the journal.

First Submission

To submit manuscript for review, click on the &ldquo New Submission&rdquo link on the Journal's homepage. You will be asked to fill out a simple form with paper's title, abstract, authors, and so on, and then upload a PDF of your manuscript along with a cover letter to the editor if you wish.
Do not include a title page with any submission. A standard title page will be generated from the metadata (your name, the abstract, the paper title, etc.) that you will be asked to provide through our submission interface. Thus, the first page of the PDF you submit should begin with the title of the first section of your paper as in:

1. Introduction

This is the first sentence of my introduction.

Submitting a Revision

To submit a revision of a paper, click on the &ldquo Submit a Revision&rdquo link on the journal&rsquo s. Homepage. You will be asked for the paper number your user name (email address) and your password. It is import that you use the same email address that you used to submit the paper. Otherwise, the system will not recognize you. If you have forgotten your password, you can request it at the login page. Once you login, you will be given a chance to upload the following:

    1. A PDF of your revision (please follow the same formatting conventions as for your original submission)
    2. An optional cover letter to the editor in charge of your paper explaining your revisions.
    3. An optional response to any associate or reviewing editors who provided reports on your manuscript.
    4. An optional response to any referees who provided reports this round on your manuscript.

Preparing a Final Revision

Once a paper has been accepted, please prepare a final draft of your manuscript. This version should closely follow the detailed formatting conventions give below. Our publisher, Wiley, will also need you to upload an editable copy of your final draft in word, tex, latex, or some other editable format. If you wish to include multiple files (picture or image files, for example) please put them in a ZIP file and upload this. You should should have received a PDF of a copyright transfer agreement with your acceptance letter. Please fill this out, sign it and either scan it in as a PDF and upload it with the final revision or send it to the editorial office at the following address.

Journal of Public Economic Theory

Department of Economics

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN 37235

Thus, to summarize, you will need to do the following:
  1. Prepare a final draft that conforms to the formatting guidelines below.
  2. Upload a PDF of this draft (without a title page, as always.)
  3. Upload an editable version of this draft as a single document or if you wish to include multiple documents, a ZIP file that include a editable version of your final draft. This will be sent to the publisher who will use it to final galley proofs for final publication. These proofs will be sent to you directly by Blackwell for your approval.
  4. Upload or send via mail a signed copy of the copyright transfer agreement.

You will get an email notice when the final draft is approved. If revisions happen to be required, you will also get a notice and in this case, simply follow the procedures outlined above again. Wiley will contact with with galley proofs shortly before the article is scheduled to appear.

General Formatting Guidelines

  1. Please use 12pt Times Roman, CM (standard fonts for TeX and LaTeX) or other similar font.
  2. Pages should be single spaced with one-inch margins.
  3. Sections and subsections should be numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals (as in section 1. and subsection 1.2). Section headings should be centered and in bold 12pt type.
  4. For other matters of style, authors should be guided by The Chicago Manual of Style: The Essential Guide for Writers, Editors, and Publishers 14th edition, 1993 University of Chicago Press.

Equations: numbers for displayed equations should be placed in parentheses at the right margin. References to equations should use the form &ldquo (3)&rdquo .

Footnotes: Footnotes should be used sparingly and should be identified by superscripted Arabic numerals in order of their appearance.

Figures: Figures should be numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals. Type sizes below 4 points should not be used.

Tables: Number tables consecutively with Roman numerals in order of appearance in the text. A short descriptive caption should be typed directly above each table.

References: Cite references in the text by author's surname and date of publication. The text citations can be given in the form &ldquo Tiebout (1956) claims that&hellip &rdquo or &ldquo This casts doubt on the existence of equilibrium (see also Aivazian et al. 1987, and Harrison and McKee 1980).&rdquo References should be listed in alphabetical order and in descending order of date. Style and punctuate references according to the following examples.

Arrow, K. (1970) &ldquo The Organization of Economic Activity: Issues Pertinent to the Choice of Market Versus Non-market Allocations&rdquo in Public Expenditure and Policy Analysis by R.H. Havenman and J. Margolis, Eds., Markham: Chicago, 67-81

Benabou, Roland (1994) &ldquo Education, Income Distribution, and Growth: The Local Connection&rdquo NBER working paper number 4798

Berglas, E. (1976) &ldquo Distribution of tastes and skills and the provision of local public goods&rdquo Journal of Public Economics 6, 409-423.

Edgeworth, F.Y. (1881) Mathematical Psychics, Kegan Paul: London.

Mas-Colell, A and J. Silvestre (1991) &ldquo A Note on Cost-Share Equilibrium and Owner-Consumers&rdquo Journal of Economic Theory 54, 204-14.

For unpublished lectures or symposia, include the title of the paper, name of the sponsoring society in full and the date.
Note that it is permissible to include active hyperlinks in your manuscript if you choose. Please use the formatting convention that hyperlinks be underlined but appear in black.

General Publication Terms and Conditions

JPET will consider only original papers for publication. Submission of a manuscript is taken to imply that to the best of the author's knowledge, the manuscript is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, that the same work has not been already been published, and that all of the authors as well as the institutions at which the work was carried out approve of its submission. While the manuscript is under editorial review, it is the responsibility of the authors to keep the Editors informed about submissions, publication plans, and publication of related research (or abstracts thereof) in other outlets, including letters journals, journals in other disciplines, collections of articles, and published dissertations. It is understood that submission of the paper for publication has been approved by all of the authors and by the institution where the work was carried out. Articles and any other materials published in this Journal represent the opinions of the author(s) and should not be construed to reflect the opinion of the editorial board of JPET or of anyone associated with AccessEcon LLC or Wiley.