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As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration.
  • The submission file is in .pdf for initial submissions and in LaTex or MS Word for final submissions.
  • The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; with at least 1" margins; and all end notes, illustrations, figures, and tables are placed at the end of the text.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • The manuscript should be submitted electronically either via email to jeconinsight@gmail.com or by creating an account on the Journal's website. Alternatively, authors can submit three hard copies of the manuscript to the editor at the address below.
  • The submission fee should be paid electronically via the PayPal link below. A PayPal account is not needed to pay electronically. Authors may also pay the submission fee via a check payable to the Missouri Valley Economic Association and be mailed to the editor. Please notify the editor if you are paying the submission fee by check.
    Christopher Douglas, Department of Economics,
    University of Michigan-Flint,
    303 E. Kearsley St., 220 French Hall
    Flint, MI 48502-1950

Submission Guidelines

Manuscripts submitted to the Journal of Economic Insight must not be under consideration at another journal.  All manuscripts must constitute original work and should reference similar work that has been done on the subject.  Manuscripts should not exceed 10,000 words (including tables and figures).  Submission fee payments are due at the time of submission.  should contain an abstract of 100 words or less, and include relevant JEL codes and keywords.

Submission Fees

Payment via Paypal

Submission of manuscripts that were presented at an annual meeting of the Missouri Valley Economic Association have a $25 submission fee.  All other manuscripts have a $50 submission fee.  The submission fee can also be paid by a check payable to the Missouri Valley Economic Association and be mailed to the editor at the time of manuscript submission.  Please notify the editor if you are paying by check.

Christopher Douglas, Department of Economics,
University of Michigan-Flint,
303 E. Kearsley St., 220 French Hall
Flint, MI  48502-1950

Authors may, with no submission fee, submit a comment with regards to an article already published in the Journal or short note.  These should be narrowly focused pieces, not in excess of 2,000 words, that make some particularly salient point(s).

Submission Format

The Journal of Economic Insight follows the Chicago Manual of Style.  The basic guidelines for initial review include:

  1. Manuscripts should be double-spaced.

  2. Manuscripts should be typeset in 12-point Times New Roman (or similar) font with at least 1 inch margins.

  3. All pages should be serially numbered.

  4. Section headings should be given in Roman numerals, beginning with section “I. Introduction.”  Subsections should be lettered “A,” “B,” etc.

  5. Equations should be typed on separate lines and numbered consecutively at the right-hand side margin using Arabic numerals in parentheses.

Title Page
The title page should include each author’s name, affiliation, contact information, and acknowledgements.  No other author identifying information should be included elsewhere in the manuscript.

Provide an abstract of no more than 150 words.  Also provide relevant JEL codes and 3-5 keywords separated by semi-colons. 

Tables and Figures

  1. Each Table and Figure (graphic) should appear on a separate page and should be placed at the end of the text. Each should bear an Arabic number.

  2. A reference to each Table or Figure should be made in the text.


  1. Use the “Author-Date” system. For in-text citations list all authors up to two; use et al. for three or more authors – e.g., (Johnson and Smith 2005), (Johnson et al. 2009). 

  2. Use “p.” or “pp.” to denote page numbers for quotations – e.g., (Johnson and Smith 2005, p. 15).

  3. Arrange the reference list in alphabetical order according to surname of the first author or name of institution responsible for the citation. List authors for each citation, even when the previous citation has the same author(s).

  4. In listing more than one name in references always use a comma before "and."

  5. Dates of publications should be placed immediately after authors' names.

  6. Multiple works by the same author should be listed in chronological order of publication. Two or more works by the same author in the same year are distinguished by letters after the date.

Footnotes should be numbered consecutively throughout the manuscript with superscript Arabic numerals. Once papers are accepted for publication, authors will have to convert footnotes to endnotes for the printer. 

 If you have any questions contact the editorial office.