JEDC Guidelines for Authors:

Papers must be in English and should be submitted electronically, as explained below.

Submitted papers should describe original, unpublished work. Papers may not be submitted elsewhere while under review by JEDC.

Papers will be prescreened by the Editors for suitability. The Submission fee is non-refundable and a paper may be rejected by the Editor without being sent for review ("desk-reject"). Papers can be desk-rejected if they are inconsistent with the Aims and Scope of the Journal, or do not adhere to the style requirements as outlined in the Guide for Authors. Editors also desk-reject papers if, in their view, the submission does not meet the quality standards of journal. Such decisions are based on Editors' opinions regarding the fit for the JEDC, value added of the paper, etc. We believe that our policy saves authors months of unnecessary delays and conserves valuable referee resources. Currently, the JEDC desk rejects roughly 40% of all submissions.

After this first selection, papers will be circulated in an effort to get good referee reports. A submission implies an author's consent on this procedure.

Upon acceptance of an article, author(s) will be asked to transfer copyright of the article to the publisher. This transfer will ensure the widest possible dissemination of information.

For additional information about submissions, formatting and artwork, please see our full policy and guide for authors:

Please review this guide fully prior to submitting. We request that you adhere strictly to the guidelines presented at this link in order to reduce the possiblilty of errors being introduced through changes later in the process.

Electronic Submission:
To submit your paper electronically, please click here and follow the instructions to upload a manuscript, cover letter, or other files or supporting documentation for your submission.

In what cases are submission fees waived?

JEDC only waives submission fees in a few specific cases. If you are submitting a paper for a special issue, submission fees are waived. We also waive submission fees for a revised version of any paper that was sent back to the author for revisions. Submission fees are not waived for a resubmitted revised paper that was previously rejected or that has gone past the deadline agreed to by a co-editor for revising a paper.

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How do I use the submission fee waiver that I was sent?

At times JEDC sends out submission fee waivers to referees who have chosen this reward after completing a requested review in the necessary time frame. If you have been sent one of these waivers, you will be given a chance to upload it during the submission process. Once it has been confirmed that you have an available waiver to use, your submission will be processed without the typical fee. We also request that you email the waiver to the JEDC editorial office at, as this may speed up the time to confirm the waiver. Submission fee waivers do not expire, but can only be used once. Referees may accumulate more than one submission fee waiver to use on future submissions.

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Why am I asked to recommend referees during the submission process?

We ask that you suggest two individuals within your specific field of study and provide their email address. This allows us to find reviewers for your paper that have expertise in your area of economics. It is the editor's decision to use these referees or to invite alternate referees.

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Is the submission process any different for special issues?

Occasionally JEDC organizes special issues on various topics of interest. Typically, the refereeing process for papers submitted for such special issues will be handled directly by the appointed guest editors. These papers will still need to be submitted as explained above unless you have received other instructions from the guest editor.
If you are submitting your manuscript in response to a call for papers for a special issue or if you have been invited to contribute a paper to such a special issue, please note this on your submission. When submitting your paper electronically, you will have the option to select "Special Issue Paper" in the field Select Category of Submission. Please also note the title of the special issue in the 'Comments' line.

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Am I able to submit supplemental material with my paper?

Elsevier Science is able to accept electronic supplementary material to support and enhance your scientific research. Supplementary files offer the author additional possibilities to publish supporting materials, such as additional appendices, movies, animation sequences, high-resolution images, background datasets, sound clips and much, much more. Supplementary files supplied will be published online alongside the electronic version of your article in Elsevier Science web products, including ScienceDirect.
In order to ensure that your submitted material is directly usable, please ensure that data is provided in one of our recommended file formats. Many of the formats given are well supported either by the predominant web browsers or globally prevalent applications meaning that the majority of readers will be able to view, open or play supplementary data with minimal effort.
It is recommended that you supply supplementary material along with your article rather than referring to internet addresses from within your article text. By doing this, Elsevier can ensure that the material will always be available online.
To view a list of formats, please go to: Artwork and Media Instructions for Elsevier Journals.

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How does a paper get assigned to a co-editor?

All papers are first assigned to the Editor in Chief. The Editor in Chief then assigns the papers to co-editors based on their fields of expertise.

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Can I choose a co-editor?

You can request a co-editor in your cover letter and we will try to accommodate your request, but the Editor in Chief retains the right to assign the paper to whom he considers the best fitting editor. We also take into account work load when more than one editor is capable of handling your paper.

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How do I check on the status of my submitted paper?
See the status of your submitted paper prior to a decision at

See the status of your accepted paper at

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Can I appeal the decision if my paper is not accepted?
JEDC does not have an appeals process. Each co-editor has final decision making power over the papers they are assigned. No co-editor or group of co-editors has the right to overturn the decision of another co-editor.

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What percentage of papers is typically accepted and how long does the review process normally take?
JEDC has regularly updated statistics concerning paper acceptance and average time to decision. Please see our statistics available at EDstats

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How do I resubmit the paper that was returned to me for revisions?

To submit your revision, please do the following:
1. Go to:
2. Enter your login details
3. Click [Author Login] This takes you to the Author Main Menu.
4. Click [Submissions Needing Revision]

NOTE: Upon submitting your revised manuscript, please upload the source files for your article. For additional details regarding acceptable file formats, please refer to the Guide for Authors at:

When submitting your revised paper, we ask that you include the following items: Manuscript and Figure Source Files (mandatory). We cannot accommodate PDF manuscript files for production purposes. We also ask that when submitting your revision you follow the journal formatting guidelines. Figures and tables may be embedded within the source file for the submission as long as they are of sufficient visual quality. For any figure that cannot be embedded within the source file (such as *.PSD, the Photoshop files), the original figure needs to be uploaded separately. Refer to the Guide for Authors for additional information.

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What happens after my paper has been accepted?
Once a decision has been made on a paper, the corresponding author will be notified. If the article is accepted, it will be entered into Elsevier's Production Tracking System and you will receive an acknowledgement letter containing the article’s unique production reference number, accompanied by an offprint order form, a Journal Publishing Agreement (copyright agreement form), a Research Sponsorship and Funding form, and a colour figure reproduction form.
Each accepted article is registered in the Production Tracking System and its status is available for you to check within 24 hours. Each step in the production process is then automatically updated in the article tracking service. Due to various factors (journal publication dates, etc.), there are no set frequencies at which your article's status will be updated. Please be assured that status information is updated as soon as any changes are known.

For additional information, including instructions to track the progress of your accepted paper, please see Elsevier's Accepted Paper FAQ page.

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Who do I contact if I have additional questions?

If you have questions about the submission process or problems with the Elsevier Editorial System or login, please first see Elsevier's online help forum:

If you have questions about editorial policies or editorial decisions, please contact the Editor in Chief at

For all other questions, please contact the JEDC Editorial Office at

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