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

Instructions for Initial Submissions

The Canadian Journal of Economics (CJE) publishes papers in all areas of economics except for very narrow papers addressed to small specialist audiences. All correspondence relating to the contents of the Journal should be sent to the editorial office.

To submit a paper to the Canadian Journal of Economics, the author(s) must pay a CAD 75 non-refundable submission fee and ensure that at least one of the authors is a current member of the Canadian Economics Association.  Manuscripts can be in English or French and are to be submitted as a PDF file through Editorial Express.

The CJE does not have a maximum page limit for initial submissions, but authors should keep in mind that exceedingly long papers tend to try the patience of referees. The main text for all first submissions must be double spaced; footnotes and references, however, can be single spaced. Font sizes ranging from 10 pt. to 12 pt. and 1-inch (2.54cm) margins are acceptable. An abstract must also be provided and at least two JEL classification codes.

For initial submissions, any standard conventions regarding footnotes, referencing, etc. are fine. Diagrams and tables may be inserted in the text or attached at the back. However, keep in mind that it is easier for referees and editors to read your paper if diagrams and tables are in the text and footnotes appear at the bottom of the page. It is often a good idea to include notes for the referees in an appendix that include, when relevant, detailed step-by-step algebraic derivations, detailed descriptions of data construction, or other supplementary material. If your paper is too dense or too opaque for referees to understand readily what you have done, your paper will almost certainly be rejected. It would also be a very good idea to read the Advice to Referees.

For papers with any empirical work, simulations, or experimental work, authors should review our Data Availability Policy. Compliance with this policy is mandatory. Final acceptance of any paper is conditional on providing the Data Editor with the data, programs, and other details of the computations sufficient to permit replication.  The data availability policy discusses issues associated with confidential and/or administrative data.

Authors must also familiarize themselves with our Conflicts of Interest and Ethical Guidelines for Authors and complete a Disclosure Statement form (one for every author) at the time of submission if necessary.

Note, once you have uploaded your paper to Editorial Express, you will receive a confirmation email. Your submission is not complete until you have received this confirmation email.

To submit a paper to CJE, the first step is to pay the submission fee.