Instructions for Authors

Instructions for Initial Paper Submissions

To submit a paper to the Canadian Journal of Economics, at least one of the authors must be a current member of the Canadian Economics Association (CEA) and the corresponding author must pay a non-refundable submission fee of CAD 75 (seventy-five Canadian Dollars) for all countries of residence (plus Canadian sales tax).

Authors who are currently not CEA members must first join the CEA which includes an online subscription to the Canadian Journal of Economics. If you are submitting a paper between October and December, you need to obtain a paid-up next-year CEA membership that will provide a complimentary CEA membership for the remainder of the current year.

Once you are member of the CEA, please click on the button "Pay CJE Submission Fee" below which will ask you to login to your CEA account.  You can then proceed to pay the submission fee online.


Pay CJE Submission Fee


Once you have completed the payment, you are ready to submit your paper.

Manuscripts can be in English or French and are to be submitted as a PDF file. 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 Instructions 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. Note, for experimental papers, the original instructions are required to be provided in full as an appendix of the submitted paper. 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 abide by these guidelines at the time of submission.

To submit, click on the `Submit on Editorial Express’ button below. Note, once you have uploaded your paper to Editorial Express, you will receive a confirmation email and your submission is not complete until you have received this confirmation email.


Submit on Editorial Express


Instructions for Revised Paper Submissions

If you have been invited to revise and resubmit your paper, then we usually expect authors to resubmit within six to nine months following this invitation. Once you are ready to resubmit your paper, first ensure that your CEA membership has not lapsed since initially submitting your paper; if necessary, you will need to extend your membership in order to resubmit your paper. When ready, click on the above button for "Submit on Editorial Express" On that site, you will need to first provide the usual identifying information, and then you will be asked about the type of the submission. Select "Resubmission" from the drop-down menu. Next you will be prompted for the original manuscript (MS) number which would have been assigned to your paper upon initial submission (e.g., MS 2019123). Enter this MS number (e.g., 2019123) and provide the required information about your revised paper. You will receive an e-mail acknowledgment after completing the resubmission process.


Instructions for Conditionally Accepted Papers

If your paper is conditionally accepted for publication you will be asked to prepare a final version of your paper according to the following specific CJE guidelines which may involve "undoing" some of the steps taken to facilitate ease of reading at earlier stages.

First, if you are using LaTeX then please download and use the CJE class file as part of the CJE LaTeX package. The CJE package is included in most TeX distributions. You can also download the CJE package here or get the CJE package on CTAN. If you are downloading the package separately (i.e., it is not in your current TeX distribution), please save the files together in one folder along with your working file. The CJE package provides the Journal's article class, allowing you to format your paper to CJE style with minimum effort. The class includes a review option for preparing your manuscript at the initial submission stage (double spaced for reviewers) and a proof option for the typesetters to prepare the proof you will eventually be asked to approve. The package also includes an author guide (cjeguide.pdf, cjeguide.tex), written in CJE style. Also included in the package is a stripped down .tex file containing only code and some comments (cjetemplate.tex).

We highly recommend that you use BibTeX for your references. Please include your .bib file with your other files and prefer you do not copy your .bbl file into your main .tex document. Note that if you create your reference list manually, you will be asked at the proof stage to verify that all sources cited in the main text are in the reference list and that all sources in the reference list are cited in the main text.

Before submitting your LaTeX files, please be sure that your source files compile without errors with latex or pdflatex. Although not recommended, if you use any LaTeX packages that are not included in TeX Live, please include them when submitting your files. Also include the PDF file generated from the source files you are submitting.

Important: If you are using Scientific WorkPlace or Scientific Word, please save your files as a portable LaTeX file and submit only the portable format.

Second, ensure that any figures conform to the following naming convention and specifications. Please name all figure files with the figure number only, in this format: Figure_01.eps. Figures must meet Wiley artwork standards for formats, technical specifications, permissions, etc. Keep in mind that all figures will appear in black and white in the print version of the journal. Therefore, if you are using shading or colours in your figures, please ensure they can be interpreted in black and white. If not, please use textures, shapes, dashes, etc. to differentiate elements in your figures or submit separate B&W and colour versions.

Third, ensure that your paper conforms with the following mathematical style.

  1. Displayed equations should be numbered, with the number appearing at the right hand edge of the line.
  2. Use least cost mathematical notation to the extent possible.
  3. There is a major difference between mathematics that is embedded in ordinary lines of text and mathematical expressions that are "displayed" (i.e. set out in separate numbered lines). In particular, for fractions contained in lines of ordinary text, please print them in "horizontal" form, using a slash and parentheses. The "vertical" form, with the numerator literally above the denominator, is much more difficult to incorporate. If you need to use the vertical form, do so by having the expression displayed in a separate numbered line. Also, it is much better to have a vertical fraction displayed in a separate line rather than a complicated horizontal fraction embedded in a line of text.
  4. The principle outlined in the previous point applies generally, not just to fractions: complicated mathematical expressions should be displayed in separate numbered lines rather than embedded in lines of text.
  5. Avoid subscripts on subscripts, and superscripts on superscripts.
  6. When copy-editing equations, we use small capitals to represent variables made up of two letters (like MC for "marginal cost") so they are distinguished from the product of M and C, which would appear as capitalized italics.

Fourth, please follow the detailed manuscript style instructions in our CJE Style Guide for Accepted Papers.

If you have questions on the CJE package or run into difficulty while preparing your manuscript, please don't hesitate to contact the Journal's copyeditor,  Kim Nesbitt.

Fifth, authors that have been asked to provide a Technical Appendix should provide such material in a single PDF file which conforms to the following conventions. (Note, such technical online appendices contain material that is not suitable for publication in the journal article but may be of help to readers understanding mathematical derivations or proofs, definitions of variables, additional figures and illustrations, additional tables with summary statistics, additional tables with regression results from robustness checks, and so on.)

  1. In the journal article, please refer to the Technical Appendix as available from Wiley Online Library.
  2. The Technical Appendix must contain a cover page that shows the names and affiliations of the authors, the title of the journal article, and the e-mail address of the corresponding author
  3. There is no page limit for a Technical Appendix. Pages following the cover page should be numbered. The use of colour for illustrations is welcome. Please use a font size between 10 and 12 points.
  4. Upon publication of a journal article, a Technical Appendix can be accessed through Wiley Online Library under `Supporting Information’ for the article.

Sixth, for papers containing any empirical work (including simulations), please prepare your data, programs, and sufficient documentation to permit replication, in electronic form according to our Data Availability Policy. Required information depends on the type of quantitative analysis as outlined in the policy. To submit this required material, please create a ZIP file containing the following:

  1. A PDF-formatted "Read Me" file (clearly labeled, for example, Readme.pdf) that contains a list of all the files in the archive, and a "user guide" for the types of files and how to use them to do replication. Authors should explain which programs generate each main set of results, e.g., Table 1, Table 2, Figure 1, etc.
  2. The dataset used to create the final set of results. You do not need to provide intermediate data sets, or the programs used to construct the final version of the data, as long as the final data are provided. Of course, authors should provide a detailed description of the procedures and programs used to go from the original data to the final variables included in the "final" data set.
  3. Clearly labeled programs that generate the final published results.
  4. The programs and data sets can be in any format or statistical software. Certainly, it is helpful if the format is readily usable by other researchers.
  5. If the data are proprietary (e.g., from Statistics Canada), and an exemption for providing the data has been granted by the editor, then the "readme" file should provide sufficient documentation that a researcher can start with the publicly available data sets, and using the programs supplied, generate the final set of results. In this case, the author(s) must provide the complete set of intermediate programs (and associated documentation). If the data are not publicly available (e.g., from an RDC), then the documentation should also include detailed instructions on how to obtain access to the data.
  6. The resulting ZIP archive file should be sent to the CJE office, and given a clear name ""

The CJE Data Editor will then review your data/program documentation file submission before a final acceptance of your manuscript is issued. Upon publication of the journal article, your ZIP archive file will be accessible through Wiley Online Library under `Supporting Information’ for your article.

If you have questions about the Journal’s data/programming documentation requirements or data availability policy, please don't hesitate to contact the Journal's Data Editor or Managing Editor.

Finally, when you have a final version of your paper and its data/program documentation conforming to the above specifications, please send us two copies of your paper, including all tables and figures and your data zip file, via e-mail to the Editorial Office. One copy of your paper should be a PDF file with the complete paper, and the second copy should be the TeX/LaTeX or MS-Word sources of the text and tables. Figures may be provided in PDF or encapsulated PostScript. Wordperfect or other types of files should be converted to MS-Word for compatibility reasons.

If applicable, your data/program documentation file submission will be reviewed by our Data Editor before a final acceptance of your manuscript is issued. Upon final acceptance, your manuscript will be reviewed by our Copy Editor to ensure it conforms to the CJE style in spelling, punctuation, and usage.

If you have any questions about the final submission process, please contact our Editorial Office.