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    Submission Guidelines and Editorial Procedures  

Please note that our call for papers has nothing to do with the call for papers of the LACEA Annual Meeting: they are independent from each other.

Thank you for considering ECONOMIA as an outlet for your research. Please take note of the following points before submitting.

  1. The journal opens two calls for papers during the year: March-May and September-November. Papers are not received off-call.
  2. Our next call for papers will be open for submissions between March 16th and April 29th, 2016. Within that period, send your paper electronically to the Managing Editor Roberto Bernal (economialacea@gmail.com). Authors will receive notification on whether their papers will continue with the editorial process in the week starting May 30th.
  3. We only accept complete papers in English. Submitted papers should neither be previously published nor be under consideration for publication in any other outlet.
  4. The manuscript should include an abstract of 150 or fewer words, JEL codes and at most 4 key words.
  5. All manuscripts should be submitted in PDF format with double spacing and should not exceed 35 pages, including references, figures, and tables. Please use 12-point font, and 1.5 inches margins on all sides.
  6. Please make sure that the front page of the manuscript specifies all your contact information, affiliation, title of the paper and co-authors.
  7. Please indicate in your submission letter which of the following areas better accommodates your paper:
    1. Macroeconomics and international economics
    2. Applied micro
    3. Economic development, technological change and growth
    4. Public economics, political economy, institutions
    5. Agricultural and natural resource economics; environmental issues; urban and regional economics.
  8. Desk-rejection policy: To reduce the processing times of papers that do not fit well with Economia’s Aims and Scope, the editor in charge of each paper may desk-reject the manuscript without sending it to external referees. Desk rejection will be decided within four weeks of the end of submissions.
  9. One of Economia’s editors will be chosen to handle the submitted paper. The editor in charge typically appoints two external evaluators and makes a decision regarding publication of the paper based on the evaluation reports and his own assessment of the document.
  10. Turnover times: We are committed to processing papers as fast as possible. We aim at replying to your original submission within 15 weeks

Journal characteristics:

Economía has three distinguishing features:  

  • It is a policy journal --that is, one in which new theories or techniques are applied to policy questions, and not simply presented for their own sake.
  • It seeks papers on issues that are both at the forefront of the policy agenda and of broad interest to countries throughout the region. Examples include the design of regulatory frameworks for privatized utilities, lessons on avoiding Asia-style financial meltdown, managing the challenge of greater economic integration, and new research on the determinants of earnings inequality.
  • It demands the highest standards of theoretical and statistical rigor, but only publishes papers that are written in a style and language accessible to policy makers.

The closest models are the Brookings Papers on Economic Activity in the United States and Economic Policy in Europe --both of them policy-relevant publications that carry weight with decision-makers while adhering to very high standards of research.



32nd Call for papers:

March 16th - April 29th, 2016

Send to: economialacea@gmail.com

Next Economia Invited Session:

Fall 2016

Medellin, Colombia Exact dates to be announced soon.