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All manuscripts are to be submitted online. For information and instructions on manuscript submission please check here. All submissions must be prepared in accordance with the following instructions.

Submissions should not normally exceed 7500 words and should be prefaced by an abstract of no longer than 150 words, together with up to five keywords, three JEL classifications and an address for correspondence. Authors submitting a manuscript do so on the understanding that if it is accepted for publication, exclusive licence of the article shall be granted to the Society.


The Cambridge Journal of Economics, founded in the traditions of Marx, Keynes, Kalecki, Joan Robinson and Kaldor, welcomes contributions from heterodox economics as well as other social science disciplines. Within this orientation the journal provides a focus for theoretical, applied, interdisciplinary, history of thought and methodological work, with strong emphasis on realistic analysis, the development of critical perspectives, the provision and use of empirical evidence, and the construction of policy. The Editors welcome submissions in this spirit on economic and social issues including, but not only, unemployment, inflation, the organisation of production, the distribution of the social product, class conflict, economic underdevelopment, globalisation and international economic integration, changing forms and boundaries of markets and planning, and uneven development and instability in the world economy.


Authors are asked to use mathematics only when its application does not compromise realistic analysis. When mathematics is used, the major steps in the argument and the conclusions should be made intelligible to a non-mathematical reader. Authors should put the mathematical parts of their argument into an appendix.


To facilitate the verification and replication of results, authors of accepted papers are encouraged to submit data sets, programs, and information on empirical analysis. This material will be published alongside the article on the CJE website, and can be accessed through the ‘supplementary data’ link. However, authors should not submit data or files if publication would breach the rights of a third party or if any individuals are identifiable from the data.

Please note files must be supplied in the following formats: Word document, PDF, Power point, Excel, tiff, JPEG, and eps.


All copies must be in Journal style (see a recent issue), and double spaced (including footnotes and references). Footnotes should be kept to a minimum, indicated by superscript figures in the text, and collected on a single page placed at the end of the manuscript. Please do not use the automatic footnote feature of your word processing program. Tables and figures should be attached on separate sheets at the end of the manuscript and their position indicated in the text. Citations in the text should use the Harvard System of short references (e.g. Isenman, 1980, pp. 66-7; Brown, 1975A, 1993B) with a full alphabetical list at the end in the following style:

  • Isenman, P. 1980. Basic needs: the case of Sri Lanka, World Development, vol. 8, no. 3, 237-58
  • Myrdal, G. 1939. Monetary Equilibrium, London, Hodge
  • Phillips, A.W.H. 1953. 'Dynamic Models in Economics', PhD Thesis, University of London
  • If you use EndNote and/or Reference Manager to facilitate referencing citations (not required for submission), this journal's style is available for use.


Papers published in Advance Access are citeable using the DOI and publication date. An example of an Advance Access citation is given below:

  • Brammer, S and Millington, A. 'Profit maximisation vs. agency: an analysis of charitable giving by UK firms', Cambridge Journal of Economics Advance Access published April 4, 2005, doi:10.1093/cje/bei036.

The same paper in its final form would be cited:

  • Brammer, S. and Millington, A. 'Profit maximisation vs. agency: an analysis of charitable giving by UK firms', Cambridge Journal of Economics, 29(4), pp. 517-534. First published April 4, 2005: doi:10.1093/cje/bei036.


Before submitting a comment (normally no more than 1500 words) on any article published in the Journal, a copy of the comment should be sent to the author of the original article with a request they respond to any points of possible misunderstanding. The comment should not be submitted for publication before this response has been received unless the original author does not reply within a reasonable time.


Upon receipt of accepted manuscripts at Oxford Journals authors will be invited to complete an online copyright licence to publish form.

Please note that by submitting an article for publication you confirm that you are the corresponding/submitting author and that Oxford University Press ("OUP") may retain your email address for the purpose of communicating with you about the article. You agree to notify OUP immediately if your details change. If your article is accepted for publication OUP will contact you using the email address you have used in the registration process. Please note that OUP does not retain copies of rejected articles.

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It is a condition of publication in the Journal that authors assign copyright to the Cambridge Political Economy Society. This ensures that requests from third parties to reproduce articles are handled efficiently and consistently and will also allow the article to be as widely disseminated as possible. In assigning copyright, authors may use their own material in other publications provided that the Journal is acknowledged as the original place of publication, and Oxford University Press is notified in writing and in advance. In consideration for granting the exclusive licence, the publisher will supply the author free url access to their article. The free url allows readers free access to the full text of your paper whether or not they are a subscriber to the journal. Offprints may be ordered at extra cost through the Oxford Journals Author Services site.


Cambridge Journal of Economics authors have the option to publish their paper under the Oxford Open initiative; whereby, for a charge, their paper will be made freely available online immediately upon publication. After your manuscript is accepted the corresponding author will be required to accept a mandatory licence to publish agreement. As part of the licensing process you will be asked to indicate whether or not you wish to pay for open access. If you do not select the open access option, your paper will be published with standard subscription-based access and you will not be charged.

Oxford Open articles are published under Creative Commons licences. Authors publishing in Cambridge Journal of Economics can use the following Creative Commons licences for their articles:

• Creative Commons Attribution licence (CC BY)
• Creative Commons Non-Commercial licence (CC BY-NC)
• Creative Commons non-Commercial No Derivatives licence (CC BY-NC-ND)

Please click here for more information about the Creative Commons licences.

You can pay Open Access charges using our Author Services site. This will enable you to pay online with a credit/debit card, or request an invoice by email or post. The Open Access charges applicable are:

Regular charge - £2150/ $3400 / €2800
Reduced Rate Developing country charge* - £1075 / $1700 / €1400
Free Developing country charge* - £0 /$0 / €0
*Visit our Developing Countries page for a list of qualifying countries.

Please note that these charges are in addition to any colour/page charges that might apply.

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Third-Party Content in Open Access papers

If you will be publishing your paper under an Open Access licence but it contains material for which you do not have Open Access re-use permissions, please state this clearly by supplying the following credit line alongside the material:

Title of content
Author, Original publication, year of original publication, by permission of [rights holder]

This image/content is not covered by the terms of the Creative Commons licence of this publication. For permission to reuse, please contact the rights holder.


For information about this journal's policy, please visit our Author Self-Archiving policy page.


The Cambridge Journal of Economics does not accept papers that have been previously published elsewhere with the exception of working papers series. The Journal’s policy regarding working paper series is:

  • Pre-publication in working paper series is allowed where submission to the working paper series is prior to acceptance by the Journal.
  • The working paper version may remain online after publication in the Journal.
  • The working paper version should NOT be updated after acceptance by the Journal.
  • Authors are requested to append the appropriate citation to the working paper version on acceptance by the Journal (if the working paper series allows this).


In order to meet your funding requirements authors are required to name their funding sources, or state if there are none, during the submission process. For further information on this process or to find out more about the CHORUS initiative please click here.