The Journal of the Canadian Economics Association
La revue de l'association canadienne d'économique

Editorial Policies

  1. Does the CJE require exclusive rights to my paper?

    Yes. The CJE will only consider papers that are not previously published, not currently under consideration elsewhere, and that do not have excessive overlap with other published or submitted material. After a paper has been published in the CJE, the CJE will normally allow subsequent reproduction in edited volumes, substantial reproduction in review articles, and other reasonable use of the material.

  2. What about "publication" of a working paper on the Internet? Does this conflict with CJE submission?

    A working paper that is available to be read or downloaded through the internet may also be submitted to the CJE. However, you should submit a paper to the CJE only if you are willing to remove the final version of your paper from internet availability if it is accepted for publication. The CJE views internet availability of an accepted or published paper as a violation of its copyright.The CJE asks for the cooperation of authors in this protection of copyright. Previous versions of the paper may be left on the internet.

  3. Does the CJE have an "appeals" policy for rejected papers?

    The Journal is very reluctant to consider appeals of rejected papers. All journals make many Type I errors (i.e. rejecting good papers) and quite a few Type II errors (accepting flawed papers). Fortunately, there is an easy remedy for Type I errors: you can submit your paper to another journal. Economics is a large enough discipline that rejection at any one journal does not impose undue hardship on the author, provided the paper is handled with reasonable speed.

    With the CJE, the one exception to this general statement is that some papers focusing on a particularly Canadian issue might not have many alternative outlets of comparable quality. We are very careful with such papers. Ultimately, however, we simply do not have enough editorial time to engage in an appeal process. If there is an obvious crucial misunderstanding on the part of the referee, there might be some value in pointing this out to the editor or co-editor handling your paper. Otherwise, your best bet is to submit elsewhere.

  4. What is CJE policy toward data availability and confidentiality?

    The CJE has established a data availability policy, effective January 1, 2008. Compliance with this policy is mandatory. The CJE makes data sets, software, and technical appendices available through the journal's online archive on this web site.

  5. How does the CJE handle conflicts of interest?

    The CJE has established a conflict of interest policy that provides guidelines to avoid any conflicts of interest that may arise for editors, authors, or referees.