The Journal of Philosophical Economics: Reflections on Economic and Social Issues
Guide to Contributors
An academic, peer-reviewed, print and online journal
in the field of economics and philosophy of science
Established 2007

The JPE is a refereed online journal in the field of economics and the philosophy of science. It is published bi-annually. The journal publishes papers in English, but German and French may also be accepted as languages of publication.

The format of articles follows the following general scheme. They begin with the proposed title of the paper, and then an abstract, which is a one-to-three-paragraph summary of the paper. The introduction describes the background for the research including a discussion of similar research. The body text may require several kinds of tasks, including: Argument reconstruction; Objections and replies; Application; Original argument. The conclusion section places the research in context and describes avenues for further exploration. For general guidelines on developing philosophy papers see

Avoid using person pronouns: I, you, your, we, us, or our. Leave footnotes out when you can. Text and references should all be single-spaced. If your article contains photos, send accurate copies of them, suitable for reproduction. Use the Authors' guide for the preparation of manuscripts and electronic files of Edward Elgar Publishing, downloadable from website Excerpt:

For a book reference:
Ott, Attiat F. and Keith Hartley (eds) (1991), Privatization and Economic Efficiency, Aldershot, UK and Brookfield, US: Edward Elgar.
For a book reference where a subsequent edition is cited:
Smith, Adam (1776), An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, reprinted in W.B.Todd (ed.) (1976), Glasgow Edition of the Works and Correspondence of Adam Smith, vol. I, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
For a chapter in an edited volume:
Utt, Ronald D. (1991), 'Privatization in the United States', in Attiat F. Ott and Keith Hartley (eds), Privatization and Economic Efficiency, Aldershot, UK and Brookfield, US: Edward Elgar, pp. 73-86.
For a journal article:
Lipsey, R. and K. Lancaster (1956), 'General theory of second best', Review of Economic Studies, 24 (63), 11-32.
Recommended style for web references:
Kuoppamäcki, P. (2003) 'Jokes about economists and economics',, 24 January

The articles must be prepared for anonymous refereeing. On a separate sheet of paper, please include:
The proposed Title of the Paper; The Author's name, qualifications and affiliations (if any); The Author's full postal and email addresses.

The decision of the Editorial Board on the acceptability of any submitted article is final, and correspondence will be not be entered into in relation to any submission which is not accepted for publication in the Journal.

Only materials for which the author holds the copyright should be submitted to the journal. At the time of submission, authors of articles, reviews or comments must download, complete, sign, and attach this form to the manuscript submission.

This journal is a member of, and subscribes to the principles of, the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

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This journal does not charge article processing charges (APCs) or submission charges. The authors retain copyright and publishing rights without restrictions in accordance with our copyright policy. This is an open access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. The journal allows users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles in this journal for non-commercial and commercial uses without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author provided acknowledgement is given to the original source of publication. Derivatives of the journal content are permitted.

The Editorial Board
March 2017