Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines for Journal of Economic and Social Policy
Thank you for taking the time to address these formatting requirements. Consistent journal formatting serves to enhance your article to the readership.
Journal of Economic and Social Policy
Faculty of Business
Southern Cross University
PO Box 157
Lismore NSW 2480 T +61 2 6620 3470 E
Manuscripts should be emailed to Amanda Shoebridge at the address above, or preferably submitted via the journal website at http://epubs.scu.edu.au/jesp. Please follow the prompts for submitting.
Articles may discuss particular social and economic issues, review conceptual problems, or debate policy initiatives. Discussion must be conceptually competent in one or more disciplinary fields, and must also be readable across disciplinary boundaries. Length should be between 5,000 -7,000 words. It will be understood that material submitted for possible publication in JESP has not been simultaneously submitted elsewhere. Material submitted for publication will be reviewed through an anonymous referee process. Final decisions will be made by the editors
This document provides details on typesetting and layout requirements pertaining to final manuscript submission to Journal of Economic and Social Policy.
- Please do not include a title page or abstract in your document, begin the document with the introduction. The title page and abstract should be cut and pasted into the appropriate boxes on the JESP website when you upload your article. There is also an area on the JESP website to type in the subject area, keywords and footnotes if necessary.
- Do not include page numbers, headers, or footers. These will be added by the editors.
- Write your article in English.
- Submit your manuscript, including tables, figures, appendices, etc., as a single file (Word, WordPerfect, RTF, or PDF files are accepted).
- Page size should be 8.5 x 11-inches (21.59cm x 27.94cm).
- All margins (left, right, top and bottom) should be 1.5 inches (3.8 cm), including your tables and figures.
- Single space your text.
- Use a single column layout with both left and right margins justified.
- Main Body—12 pt. Times or the closest comparable font available
- Footnotes—10 pt. Times or the closest comparable font available
- If figures are included, use high-resolution figures, preferably encoded as encapsulated PostScript (eps).
- Copyedit your manuscript.
- When possible, there should be no pages where more than a quarter of the page is empty space.
Indenting, Line Spacing, and Justification
Do not indent paragraph first lines.
Insert one extra space between paragraphs of text, including long quotations (more than 40 words), theorems, propositions, special remarks, etc. Long quotes, theorems, propositions etc. should be set off from the surrounding text by indenting left 1.27cm and right 1.33cm. Long quotes (more than 40 words) should be in Times New Roman Pt 11.
Don't "widow" or "orphan" text (i.e., ending a page with the first line of a paragraph or beginning a page with the last line of a paragraph).
All text should be left- and right- justified where possible, definitely left-justified (i.e., flush with the left margin—except where indented). "Where possible" refers to the quality of the justification. For example, LaTeX and TeX do an excellent job of justifying text. Word does a reasonable job. But some word processors do a lousy job (e.g., they achieve right justification by inserting too much white space within and between words). We prefer flush left margins. However, it is better to have jagged right margins than to have flush right margins with awkward intra- and inter-word spacing. Make your decision on whichever looks best.
Language & Grammar
All submissions must be in English. Except for common foreign words and phrases, the use of foreign words and phrases should be avoided.
Authors should use proper, standard English grammar. The Style Manual (sixth edition), John Wiley and Sons Australia, Ltd., is the "standard" guide, but other excellent guides (e.g., The Chicago Manual of Style, University of Chicago Press) exist as well.
Article length should be between 5,000 to 7,000 words.
Set the font colour to black for the majority of the text. Whilst the electronic format provides for the use of colours in figures, maps, etc., you need to appreciate that this will cause some of your readers problems when they print the document on a black & white printer. For this reason, you are advised to avoid the use of colours in situations where their translation to black and white would render the material illegible or incomprehensible.
Please ensure that there are no coloured mark-ups or comments in the final version, unless they are meant to be part of the final text. (You may need to "accept all changes" in track changes or set your document to "normal" in final markup.)
Whenever possible use italics to indicate text you wish to emphasise rather than underlining it. The use of colour to emphasise text is discouraged.
Except, possibly, where special symbols are needed, use Times or the closest comparable font available.
The main body of text should be set in 12pt. Avoid the use of fonts smaller than 6pt.
Whenever possible, foreign terms should be set in italics rather than underlined.
Headings (e.g., start of sections) should be distinguished from the main body text by their font size (14pt Times New Roman) and bolded in Sentence Case (not UPPERCASE). Use the same font face for all headings and indicate the hierarchy by reducing the font size. There should be space above and below headings.
The font for the main body of text must be black and, if at all possible, in Times or closest comparable font available.
Whenever possible, titles of books, movies, etc., should be set in italics rather than underlined.
Footnotes should appear at the bottom of the page on which they are referenced rather than at the end of the paper. Footnotes should be in 10 pt. Times or closest comparable font available, they should be single spaced, and there should be a footnote separator rule (line). Footnote numbers or symbols in the text must follow, rather than precede, punctuation. Excessively long footnotes are probably better handled in an appendix. All footnotes should be left and right-justified (i.e., flush with the left margin), unless this creates awkward spacing.
Tables and Figures
To the extent possible, tables and figures should appear in the document near where they are referenced in the text. Large tables or figures should be put on pages by themselves. Avoid the use of overly small type in tables (no smaller than 6 pt Times New Roman font). In no case should tables or figures be in a separate document or file. All tables and figures must fit within 1.5" margins on all sides (top, bottom, left and right) in both portrait and landscape view. For figures and tables: number figures (bottom) and tables (top) separately using Arabic numerals. Each should have a caption typed with initial capitals. The words Figure 1: or Table 1: should be in bold print. E.g. Table 1: The Example Used for Formatting Requirements Cite the source of the data underneath the table or figure in 11 pt. Times New Roman.
Long QuotesIn Times New Roman Pt 11 font and indented left 1.27cm and right 1.33cm. e.g. ‘the Fair Pay Commission represents a long overdue shift from the historically legalistic and adversarial process for setting wages in Australia…the Fair Pay Commission will adopt a consultative approach with all interested stakeholders.’
Short quotesShort quotes (less than 40 words) should be in text using “double quotation marks” and with reference details directly following (Reference, Year, p. 28).
Roman letters used in mathematical expressions as variables should be italicised. Roman letters used as part of multi-letter function names should not be italicised. Whenever possible, subscripts and superscripts should be a smaller font size than the main text.
Short mathematical expressions should be typed inline. Longer expressions should appear as display math. Also expressions using many different levels (e.g., such as the fractions) should be set as display math. Important definitions or concepts can also be set off as display math.
Equations should be numbered sequentially. Whether equation numbers are on the right or left is the choice of the author(s). However, you are expected to be consistent in this.
Symbols and notation in unusual fonts should be avoided. This will not only enhance the clarity of the manuscript, but it will also help insure that it displays correctly on the reader's screen and prints correctly on her printer. When proofing your document under PDF pay particular attention to the rendering of the mathematics, especially symbols and notation drawn from other than standard fonts.
It is the author's obligation to provide complete references with the necessary information. After the last sentence of your submission, please insert a line break—not a page break—and begin your references on the same page, if possible. References should appear right after the end of the document, beginning on the last page if possible. The reference list should in Times New Roman 11 pt font, single spaced, justified with hanging indent of 1.27cm for second and subsequent lines. For Endnote Users, please set your referencing style to APA 6th. Each reference should give the last names of all the authors and their first initials. The hierarchy for ordering the references is:
- Last name of first author
- First initial of first author
- Last name of second author (if any). Co-authored work is listed after solo-authored work by the same first author (e.g., Edlin, Aaron S. would precede Edlin, Aaron S. and Stefan Reichelstein).
- First initial of second author
- Publication date
- Order cited in text
The information to be given with each citation in the references is as follows:
Times New Roman 11 pt font, single space, hanging indent of 1.27cm for second and subsequent lines. Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (year of publication). Title of article. Journal Title, volume number(issue number), page-page.
Optional(but desirable): A hyperlink to the article.sample:
Mentzer, J. T., DeWitt, W., Keebler, J. S., Min, S., Nix, N. W., Smith, C. D. and Zacharia, Z. G. (2001). Defining Supply Chain Management. Journal of Business Logistics, 22(2), pp. 22-25.In Text Examples (Mentzer et al., 2001, pp. 22-25) or (Mentzer et al., 2001).
Times New Roman 11 pt font, single space, hanging indent of 1.27cm for second and subsequent lines. Author, date, article title, publication in italics, location : publisher.
Christopher M. L. (1992). Logistics and Supply Chain Management, London : Pitman Publishing.
Required: Author's (authors') name(s), title of book, year of publication (or "n.d." if no date), publisher's address, publisher, edition (if not first). For forthcoming (in press) books, put expected year of publication and add "forthcoming."Note: All Words are Capitalised Except for Joining Words Such as ‘as’ ‘is’ ‘in’ ‘at’ etc. Note: A full stop appears at the end of every reference except web links.
Times New Roman 11 pt font, single space, hanging indent of 1.27cm for second and subsequent lines. Author, date, article title, publication in italics, date accessed web site, hanging indent for second and consequent lines set at 1.27cm. Web site should be in blue and underlined.
Reserve Bank of Australia (2009). International Economic Developments. Statement On Monetary Policy November 2009, Accessed 27 January 2010. http://www.rba.gov.au/publications/smp/2009/nov/html/intl-eco-dev.html
Chapters in collections or anthologies:
Required: Name(s) of author(s) of chapter, name(s) of editor(s) of book, title of chapter, title of book, year of publication (or "n.d." if no date), publisher, publisher's address, and edition (if not first). For forthcoming (in press) books, put expected year of publication and add "forthcoming."
Required: Author's (authors') name(s), title of working paper, year (or "n.d." if no date), location (e.g., "Department of Economics Working Paper, University of California, Berkeley" or "Author's web site: http://www.someurl.edu/author." If the working paper is part of series, then the series name and the number of the working paper within the series must also be given.
Required: Author's (authors') name(s), title of work, year (or "n.d." if no date), and information about how the reader could obtain a copy.
Use hanging indents for citations (i.e., the first line of the citation should be flush with the left margin and all other lines should be indented from the left margin by a set amount). Citations should be single-spaced with extra space between citations.
When works by the same author are listed in a row, use — instead of writing the name again. Hence, one might have
Smith, Adam: The Wealth of Nations, . . .
—: The Theory of Moral Sentiments, . . .
Similarly, instead of repeating two names use
"— and —."
Edlin, A. and S. Reichelstein (1995) . . . — and — (1996) . . .
Within the text of your manuscript, use the author-date method of citation. For instance,
"As noted by Smith (1776)."
When there are two authors, use both last names. For instance,
"Edlin and Reichelstein (1996) claim . . . "
If there are three or more authors give the last name of the first author and append et al. For instance, a 1987 work by Abel, Baker, and Charley, would be cited as
"Abel et al. (1987)."
If two or more cited works share the same authors and dates, use "a," "b," and so on to distinguish among them. For instance,
"Jones (1994b) provides a more general analysis of the model introduced in Example 3 of Jones (1994a)."
After the first cite in the text using the author-date method, subsequent cites can use just the last names if that would be unambiguous. For example, Edlin and Reichelstein (1996) can be followed by just Edlin and Reichelstein provided no other Edlin & Reichelstein article is referenced; if one is, then the date must always be attached.
When citations appear within parentheses, use commas—rather than parentheses or brackets—to separate the date from the surrounding text. For instance,
" ...(see Smith, 1776, for an early discussion of this)."