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Guidelines for Special Issue of AEPP

The editors of Applied Economics Perspectives and Policy (AEPP) welcome proposals for special issues on topics that fall within the scope of the journal. Each special issue must be coordinated with the Special Issues editor. The special issue editor for 2011-2014 is Dr. Joan Costa-i-Font ( Those wishing to guest edit a special issue should prepare a proposal as outlined below, and then send this to the special issue editor.

Objectives of Special Issues

Special issues of AEPP should aim:

  • to synthesize, integrate and analyze current thinking and debates in a focused area of applied economic research in order to inform the decision-making and policy-making community; and
  • to stimulate linkages between sub-fields of agricultural and applied economics in a way that illuminates and focuses future research and increases knowledge among researchers about the impact of public policy.

Preparing a Proposal for a Special Issue

Proposals for a special issue of AEPP should:

  • set out the importance of the area and policy issues featured in the special issue;
  • explain the anticipated contribution of the special issue in advancing understanding in this area;
  • identify papers and authors for possible inclusion in the special issue and include a brief description of each paper. Authors who have previously published extensively on the subject should outline the new contribution contained in the special issue paper;
  • indicate a time frame for producing the special issue (paper preparation, reviewing, submission of final copy to AEPP) assuming the proposal is accepted; and
  • confirm the special issue will be coordinated with the AEPP guest editor in all other details.

An issue of AEPP should be about 45,000-50,000 words long, meaning a maximum of eight papers, assuming that papers are on average 6,000 words long (including abstract, appendices, and tables).