Guidelines for Submission

SER welcomes paper proposals, including “State of the Art” article proposals.  State of the Art papers summarize the state of knowledge on a specific subject. They demarcate research frontiers and identify promising areas of future research. They also are excellent reading material for teaching. Past State of the Art articles were highly successful with respect to citations and downloading.


Please note: simplified submission procedure

In order to reduce the time and effort necessary to prepare and upload a submission, we have relaxed the formal requirements (e.g. style of citations and references; separate file for each table or figure) for the initial submission. At this stage we ask only for the uploading of the following:

  • a cover letter indicating briefly the main contribution of the paper and its relation to the editorial policy of SER;
  • a separate title page which should contain the title, authors’ names and address, acknowledgements and word count  (click here for the template to prepare the title page);
  • the main document should be kept anonymous and contain title, abstract, SER keywords, JEL classification and main body of the document. Please refrain from any self-citations such as “authors’ own”, forthcoming etc. in both text and footnotes. Click here for the template to prepare the anonymous main document). Please note the length of the text, including references and footnotes, must be between 6,000 to 10,000 words; in general, tables and figures should not require more than 4 additional pages in the journal;

Once a manuscript has received a decision of ‘revise & resubmit’ or ‘conditional accept’, the revised version must adhere strictly to SER requirements as outlined in detail below. The resubmitted paper will not be processed further unless it is in correct SER style.

All material to be considered for publication in Socio-Economic Review should be in electronic form via the journal’s online submission and review system.

Details on how to submit online and how to upload the manuscripts are given in the online submission instructions. But, please, read our guidelines for the preparation of manuscripts first.

Preparation of manuscripts
  • The maximum length of articles including references, notes and abstract is 10,000, and the minimum length is 6,000 words.
  • Articles must be accompanied by an abstract of no more than 150 words.
  • Articles must be accompanied by SER keywords (up to 6) and JEL classification (up to 3). Please add the respective JEL keywords to the descriptors. – For the link to the SER keyword list please click here. – The JEL classification can be found here.
  • The main document has to be anonymous and should contain title, abstract, SER keywords, JEL classification and the main body of the document – strictly avoiding self-references. Please, prepare your manuscript text using a Word processing package (save and submit in .doc or .rtf format). Files must not be supplied in PDF format. Manuscripts should be one and a half-spaced, including text in tables, legends and references.
  • The author’s name, institutional affiliation, and full contact details (postal, phone, fax, and e-mail), acknowledgements and a word count should be supplied on the title page which has to be uploaded as a separate file.
  • Please upload a cover letter for all new submissions indicating briefly the main contribution of the paper and its relation to the editorial policy of SER.
  • For revised submissions, please also upload a point by point response to the reviewer. Please ensure the response to reviewer comments or file is anonymous.
  • Authors should pay particular attention to the accuracy and correct presentation of citations and references in the text as well as in the reference list at the end of the manuscript. For examples please click here.
  • If you are using Endnote as a bibliographical and citation programme you may download the “style” which approximates SER requirements. Please note that by using this style your reference list will only correspond to the SER requirements as far as the Endnote programme allows. If necessary, please adapt your reference list manually. Please download our Endnote style here.
  • Footnotes should be kept to a minimum. They should be indicated in the text by superscript figures and collected at the end of the article in numerical order (Arabic numerals). If you use the Word programme choose: Footnotes as endnotes.
  • Illustrations and tables must be provided in electronic form; each one must be provided in an individual file and uploaded separately in the online submission procedure. The file name should contain the number of the figure or table (‘Table #’, ‘Figure #’). When uploading, enter the title of the figure or table in the box marked ‘Caption/Legend’: ‘Figure # [the title of your figure]’; ‘Table # [the title of your table]’. They should be numbered in Arabic numerals and should be referred to in the text (indicate location by mentioning table or figure number and title). They should be comprehensible without reading the text, and the source has to be cited correctly.
  • Concerning figures: The preferred file format for figures are Word, Excel (data sheet and chart), or EPS files. While notes and sources can be integrated into the figure file (see style sheet), titles should not be integrated as they are typeset with the text and not with the graphic. Please download our stylesheet – including models – for the layout and formatting of figures here. PLEASE NOTE: Publication of your manuscript will not proceed until figures suitable for reproduction are received. Also, the author is responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce a graphic from copyright holders. Please see the ‘Permission information’ below.
  • Colour reproduction: All figures provided in colour will automatically be published online in colour, with no charge. Authors are charged £350/$700 per figure for colour reproduction in print if this is requested.

Important: Before submitting your manuscript electronically you should have the following types of files ready:

  • 1 title page with author(s) information – if applicable, acknowledgements – and word count;
  • 1 anonymous text file without this title page and without other information allowing to identify the author(s), including the abstract (maximum 150 words) below the title and SER keywords as well as JEL classification following the abstract;
  • 1 separate file for each figure and for each table; it helps to list them in the order in which they appear in the ms as they have to be uploaded exactly in this order in the online submission procedure. The text file must not contain the tables and figures.
Licence to publish

It is a condition of publication in the Journal that authors grant an exclusive licence to Oxford University Press and the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics. This ensures that requests from third parties to reproduce articles are handled efficiently and consistently and will also allow the article to be as widely disseminated as possible. As part of the licence agreement, authors may use their own material in other publications provided that the Journal is acknowledged in writing as the original place of publication and Oxford University Press as the publisher.

Upon receipt of accepted manuscripts at Oxford Journals authors will be invited to complete an online licence to publish form.

Please note that by submitting an article for publication you confirm that you are the corresponding/submitting author and that Oxford University Press (“OUP”) may retain your email address for the purpose of communicating with you about the article. You agree to notify OUP immediately if your details change. If your article is accepted for publication OUP will contact you using the email address you have used in the registration process. Please note that OUP does not retain copies of rejected articles.

Open Access

Socio-Economic Review authors have the option to publish their paper under Oxford Open initiative; whereby, for a charge, their paper will be made freely available online immediately upon publication. After your manuscript is accepted the corresponding author will be required to accept a mandatory licence to publish agreement. As part of the licensing process you will be asked to indicate whether or not you wish to pay for open access. If you do not select the open access option, your paper will be published with standard subscription-based access and you will not be charged.

Oxford Open articles are published under Creative Commons licences. Authors publishing in Socio-Economic Review can use the following Creative Commons licences for their articles:

  • Creative Commons Attribution licence (CC-BY)
  • Creative Commons Non-Commercial licence (CC-BY-NC)
  • Creative Commons non-Commercial No Derivatives licence (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Please click here for more information about the Creative Commons licences.

You can pay Open Access charges using our Author Services site. This will enable you to pay online with a credit/debit card, or request an invoice by email or post. The open access charges applicable are:

Regular charge – £1750/ $2800 / €2275
List B Developing country charge* – £875 / $1400 / €1138
List A Developing country charge* – £0 /$0 / €0
*Visit our Developing Countries page for a list of qualifying countries

Please note that these charges are in addition to any colour/page charges that may apply.

Orders from the UK will be subject to the current UK VAT charge. For orders from the rest of the European Union, OUP will assume that the service is provided for business purposes. Please provide a VAT number for yourself or your institution, and ensure you account for your own local VAT correctly.


Proofs will be sent to the first named or corresponding author only. In the case of joint authors, please ensure amendments are returned from this author only. Page proofs will be sent to the author responsible for checking them as a PDF file. Corrected proofs should be returned within three days of receipt. All misprints should be corrected, but the author is asked to refrain from making any other alterations. Such alterations may be disallowed and where they are allowed the author may be held responsible for the cost of making them.

Author self-archiving/public access policy

For information about this journal’s policy, please visit our Author Self-Archiving policy page.

Conflict of interest policy

For information about this journal’s policy, please visit our Conflict of interest policy page.


Details of all funding sources for the work in question should be given in a separate section entitled ‘Funding’. This should appear before the ‘Acknowledgements’ section.

The following rules should be followed:

  • The sentence should begin: ‘This work was supported by …’
  • The full official funding agency name should be given, i.e. ‘National Institutes of Health’, not ‘NIH’ (full RIN-approved list of UK funding agencies) Grant numbers should be given in brackets as follows: ‘[grant number xxxx]’
  • Multiple grant numbers should be separated by a comma as follows: ‘[grant numbers xxxx, yyyy]’
  • Agencies should be separated by a semi-colon (plus ‘and’ before the last funding agency)
  • Where individuals need to be specified for certain sources of funding the following text should be added after the relevant agency or grant number ‘to [author initials]’.

An example is given here: ‘This work was supported by the National Institutes of Health [AA123456 to C.S., BB765432 to M.H.]; and the Alcohol & Education Research Council [hfygr667789].

Oxford Journals will deposit all NIH-funded articles in PubMed Central. See this page for details. Authors must ensure that manuscripts are clearly indicated as NIH-funded using the guidelines above.

Pre-publication policy

Socio-Economic Review does not accept papers that have been previously published elsewhere with the exception of working papers series. The Journal’s policy regarding working paper series is:

  1. Pre-publication in working paper series is allowed where submission to the working paper series is prior to acceptance by the Journal.
  2. The working paper version may remain online after publication in the Journal.
  3. The working paper version should NOT be updated after acceptance by the Journal.
  4. Authors are requested to append the appropriate citation to the working paper version on acceptance by the Journal (if the working paper series allows this).
Permissions information

If illustrations or figures are to be duplicated from previously published work, written permission must be obtained both from the publisher and the author, and a credit line giving the source added to the relevant Figure Legend. If text material (250 to 300 words) is to be reproduced from published sources, written permission is required from both publisher and author. For shorter quotations, it is sufficient to add a bibliographic credit. The Letters containing the permission for the reproduction of either text or illustrations must accompany the manuscript. If you have been unable to obtain permission, please indicate this.


Note: Before you begin, you should be sure you are using an up-to-date version of Netscape or Internet Explorer. If you have an earlier version, you can download a free upgrade using the icons found at the bottom of the ‘Instructions and Forms’ section of the online submission web site.

  • First, you will need to log into the online submission site.
  • If you know your login details (i.e., you have submitted or reviewed a manuscript in this journal before), use your User ID and Password to log on. (Your user ID will usually be your email address.)
  • If you do not know your login details, check to see if you are already registered by clicking on the ‘Forgot your password’ button and following the on-screen instructions. If you are not already registered, you can register by clicking on the ‘Create account’ button on the login screen and following the on-screen instructions.
  • If you have trouble finding your manuscripts or have other problems with your account, do not create another account. Instead, please contact the editorial office.
  • To submit a new manuscript, go to the ‘Author Centre’, and click on “Click here to submit a new manuscript’, and then follow the on-screen instructions. There are up to 7 steps for you to follow to submit your manuscript. You move from one step to the next by clicking on the ‘Next’ button on each screen or back to the previous screen by clicking on the ‘Previous’ button. Please note that if you click on the ‘Back’ or ‘Forward’ buttons on your browser, the information you have entered will not be saved. At any stage you can stop the submission process by clicking on the ‘Main Menu’ button. Everything you have typed into the system will be saved, and the partially completed submission will appear under ‘unsubmitted manuscripts’ in your ‘Author Centre’. To return to the submission process you will need to click on the button ‘Continue Submission’ against the relevant manuscript title.

IMPORTANT NOTE 1: Your manuscript and the seperate title page must be uploaded as files saved as a Word processing package (i.e. doc or .rtf format) and not as a PDF file. Furthermore, each table or figure has to be uploaded as a separate file. Please make sure that your tables and figures are edited and numbered according to the ‘Instructions to Authors’ and the following ‘IMPORTANT NOTE 2’

IMPORTANT NOTE 2. Although Word, Excel, PDF and jpeg files are acceptable for figures, the preferred file format are high-resolution .tif files (1200 d.p.i. for line drawings and 300 d.p.i. for half-tone artwork). For useful information on preparing your figures for publication, go here. Please note that publication of your manuscript will not proceed until figures suitable for reproduction are received.

When submitting your manuscript, please enter your manuscript data into the relevant fields, following the detailed instructions at the top of each page. You may like to have the original word-processing file available so you can copy and paste the title and abstract into the required fields. You will also be required to provide email addresses for your co-authors, so please have these to hand when you log onto the site.

When you come to upload your manuscript files via the ‘File Upload’ screen:

  • Enter individual files using the ‘Browse’ buttons and select the appropriate ‘File type’ from the pull-down menu. Peer review is anonymous and we therefore ask you to submit an anonymous text file without the author details. Please refrain from any self-citations such as “authors’ own” etc. in both text, footnotes, references and bibliography. Author data should be provided on the title page only. For details on what the anonymous text file and the title page should contain and how they have to be formatted please consult the Guidelines for Authors. Further details on how to upload the manuscripts are given during the upload process.
  • Upload your files by clicking on the ‘Upload files’ button. This converts your files to a PDF and may take several minutes. Click on the SAVE button to confirm the upload. Repeat these steps until you have uploaded all your files – including one file for each table and/or figure. You will see only the anonymous version (plus any figures and tables) in the PDF. This PDF is the one that the reviewers will see.
  • If you have uploaded any figures or tables you will be prompted to provide figure/table captions and ‘file tags’ that will link figures to text in the HTML proof of your text file.
  • Once you have uploaded all your files, indicate the order in which they should appear in your paper. This will determine the order in which they appear in the consolidated PDF used for peer review.
  • After the successful upload of your text and images, you will need to view and proofread your manuscript. Please do this by clicking on the HTML button or the PDF button.
  • If the files have not been uploaded to your satisfaction, go back to the file upload screen where you can remove the files you do not want and repeat the process.
  • When you are satisfied with the uploaded manuscript proof click on ‘Next’ which will take you to the ‘Review & Submit’ screen. The system will check that you have completed all the mandatory fields and that you have viewed your manuscript proof. It will also present you with a summary of all the information you have provided and give you a final chance to edit it. If there is a red cross next to any section this will indicate that not all the fields have been filled in correctly. You may either go back to the relevant page or click the nearest ‘edit’ button.
  • When you have finished reviewing this information press ‘Submit’.
  • After the manuscript has been submitted you will see a confirmation screen and receive an email confirmation stating that your manuscript has been successfully submitted. This will also give the assigned manuscript number, which is used in all correspondence during peer review. If you do not receive this, your manuscript will not have been successfully submitted to the journal and the paper cannot progress to peer review. If this is the case your manuscript will still be sitting in the ‘Unsubmitted Manuscripts’ section of your ‘Author Centre’ awaiting your attention.
  • If you return to your ‘Author Centre’ after successful submission you will notice that your newly submitted manuscript can be found in the ‘Submitted Manuscripts’ area. The ‘Status’ section provides information on the status of your manuscript as it moves through the review process.
Submitting a revised manuscript
  • Log on to the online submission web site as before and, in the ‘Author Centre’, click on ‘Manuscripts with Decisions’. At the bottom of the screen you will see those manuscripts that require a revision (or that have been revised). Create a revision of this manuscript by clicking on ‘create a revision’ under Actions. You will now be able to see the editor and reviewer comments and will be able to respond to these.
  • You will need to upload the files that constitute your revised manuscript, and delete the original manuscript files from previous versions. To facilitate the production process, it is essential that you upload your revised manuscript as a .doc, .rtf, or .tex file, and not in .pdf format. If you wish to finish this another time, you will find the manuscript in your ‘Revised manuscripts in draft’ list.
  • If you click on ‘View comments/respond’ you will see the editor’s letter to you together with the referees’ comments. You may cut and paste your responses into the text areas at the bottom of the screen or upload a separate file with manuscript type of ‘response to reviewer’. Please ensure these responses are anonymous.

Getting help. If you experience any problems during the online submission process please consult the Author’s User Guide which provides more detailed submission instructions and ‘movie tutorials’ explaining how to submit your paper. Alternatively, please contact Sarah King at the journal’s editorial office who will be pleased to assist you.