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Manuscripts are accepted for review with the understanding that they are neither currently under review elsewhere nor accepted for publication elsewhere.

It is understood that submission of the paper for publication has been approved by all of the authors and by the institutions where the work was carried out; further, that any person cited as a source of personal communications has approved such citation. Written authorization may be required at the editor's discretion. Articles and any other materials published in the Journal represent the opinions of the author(s) and should not be construed to reflect the opinion of the Editorial Board or the Publisher.

Authors submitting a manuscript do so on the understanding that if the manuscript is accepted for publication, copyright in the article, including the right to reproduce the article in all forms and media, shall be assigned exclusively to the Publisher.

Accepted articles

After all revisions have been incorporated and the manuscript has been accepted for publication, authors are requested to transmit the text and art of the manuscript in electronic form (.doc source code). Pages should be numbered consecutively and organized as follows:  

  • The title page should contain the article title, authors' names, their complete affiliations and their e-mail addresses, footnotes to the title, and the address for manuscript correspondence (including e-mail address, telephone and fax).  
  • The abstract must be a single paragraph that summarizes the main findings of the paper in less than 100 words. After the abstract a list of up to 10 keywords that will be useful for indexing or searching should be included. In addition, Journal of Economic Literature classification numbers that identify the subject area of the article should be listed at the end of the abstract.  
  • References should be cited in the text by an Arabic number between square brackets, as [1], [1,2], [1, Theorem 1.5], etc. Only articles that have been published or are in press should be included in the references. Unpublished results or personal communications should be cited as such in the text. Please note the following examples.
  • [1] G.J. Mailath, S. Morris, Repeated games with almost-public monitoring, J. Econ. Theory 102 (2002), 189-228.
    [2] D. Ray, Development Economics, Princeton Univ. Press, Princeton, NJ, 1998.
    [3] R. Radner, On the core of a cartel, in: G. Debreu, W. Neuefeind, W. Trockel (Eds.), Economics Essays, Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 2001, pp. 315-331.

    For unpublished lectures or symposia, include title of the paper, name of the sponsoring society in full, and date. For journal names, follow the Journal of Economic Literature abbreviations.  

  • Figures should be in a finished form suitable for publication. Number figures consecutively with Arabic numerals, and indicate the top and the authors on the backof each figure. Lettering on drawings should be professional quality or generated by high-resolution computer graphics and must be large enough to withstand appropriate reduction for publication.  
  • Tables should be numbered consecutively with Roman numerals in order of appearance in the text. Type each table double-spaced on a separate page with a short descriptive title typed directly above and with essential footnotes below. Authors should submit complex tables as camera-ready copy.  
  • Equations should be typewritten and with the number placed in parentheses at the right margin. Reference to equations should use the form "Eq. (3)" or simply (3).  
  • Authors should include materials such as datasets, statistical analyses, special computer codes, and detailed computations that are not intended for publication but that are critical and important for obtaining the results of the manuscript. Datasets and computer codes should, if possible, be in plain ASCII (text) files that can be read on any computer system. Where an application such as a spreadsheet is used, it should be in an open rather than proprietary format (the JET office can help with conversion if necessary). These materials may be posted on the JET Supplementary Materials webpage. Errata and corrigenda that are based on articles published in JET may also be posted on this page.
  • The manuscript will be edited according to the style of the journal. Proofs will be sent to the corresponding author. Authors must read the proofs carefully. To avoid delay in publication, only necessary changes should be made, and proofs should be returned promptly. Authors will be charged for alterations that exceed 10% of the total cost of composition. Authors must alert the editors if there have been any changes of substance.