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Instructions for authors

What are we looking for?
How to submit an article
Copyright & Permissions
Open Access
Self-archiving and institutional repositories
Editorial Review Process
English language editing service
How to maximise the impact of your article
Contact us

What are we looking for?

  • Research Articles: A submitted manuscript should make a clear and concise contribution to knowledge with a novel thesis or finding. A successful manuscript attracts attention with its title, poses its central research question at the outset of the abstract, and succinctly asserts its argument in the introduction. We expect the average article to be below 13,000 words in length (including footnotes, references, tables, figures etc.).

  • Other article types: JPFPC also welcomes review essays (up to 13,000 words max), literature surveys (up to 13,000 words max), letters (up to 3,500 words max), and comment pieces (up to 3,500 words max).

  • Special issues: JPFPC welcomes proposals for special issues, which should be submitted to the Editor in Chief and Editor for consideration at: jpfpc2018@gmail.com.

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How to submit an article

All submissions should be made online at the Journal of Public Finance and Public Choice Editorial Manager website:  https://www.editorialmanager.com/jpfpc/default.aspx.

Editorial Manager

Manuscripts must be in Word or Rich Text Format, not pdf (unless authors are using LaTex). New users should first create an account, specify their areas of interest and provide full contact details.

Preparing your anonymised manuscript

Your initial submission must consist of the following separate files:

    1. A cover page including: the article title, author name(s) and affiliations (institution affiliation and country only, no department details required), the article abstract (up to 250 words), up to 5 key words/short phrases, up to 5 JEL codes, and the article word count including references. A cover page template is available to download here.

    2. A fully anonymized manuscript which does not include any of the information included in the cover page. It should not include any acknowledgments, funding details, or conflicts of interest that would identify the author(s). References to the authors' own work should be anonymised as follows: "Author's own, [year]". Please note that submissions that have not been sufficiently anonymised will be returned.

    3. If you have any Figures and Tables these  can be included in the manuscript on first submission but must  be uploaded as separate files at the end of the manuscript when submitting the final version. Please indicate where these should be placed in the text by inserting: ‘Figure X here’ and provide numbers, titles and sources where appropriate. 

All authors should comply with the Bristol University Press ethical guidelines.

For help submitting an article via Editorial Manager, please view our online tutorial.

Once a submission has been conditionally accepted, you will be invited to submit a final, non-anonymised version.

Checklist: what to include in your final, accepted non-anonymised manuscript

    1. A cover page including: the article title, author name(s) and affiliations (institution affiliation and country only, no department details required), the article abstract (up to 250 words), up to 5 key words, up to 5 JEL codes and the word count.

    2. Funding details: list any funding including the grant numbers you have received for the research covered in your article as follows: "This work was supported by the [Funding Agency] under Grant [number xxxx]."

    3. Conflict of interest statement: please declare any possible conflicts of interest, or state "The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest" if there are none. Find out more about declaring conflicts of interest in the Bristol Universty Press Ethical Guidelines.

    4. Acknowledgements: acknowledge those who have provided you with any substantial assistance or advice with collecting data, developing your ideas, editing or any other comments to develop your argument or text.

    5. Figures and Tables: should be included as separate files at the end of the manuscript. Please indicate where these should be placed in the text by inserting: ‘Figure X here’ and provide numbers, titles and sources where appropriate. For advice about less common file formats please contact dave.j.worth@bristol.ac.uk.

    6. Supplemental data: We recommend that any supplemental data are hosted in a data repository (such as figshare) for maximum exposure, and are cited as a reference in the article.

    7. Copyright assignment agreement: please upload a scanned copy of the completed and signed Copyright assignment agreement with your final non-anonymised manuscript.

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  • British English spelling and punctuation is preferred.
  • Non-discriminatory language is mandatory.
  • Footnotes should be kept to a minimum. If it is necessary to use them, they must be numbered consecutively in the text.
  • The final submitted file should be clear of track changes and ready for print.

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Download the Endnote output style for Policy Press and Bristol University Press Journals.

Bristol University Press uses a custom version of the Harvard system of referencing:

  • In-text citations: give the author’s surname followed by year of publication in brackets
  • List all references in full at the end of the article and remove any references not cited in the text
  • Book and journal titles should be in italics
  • Website details should be placed at the end of the reference
  • Spell out all acronyms in the first instance.

Example of book reference:
Dorling, D. (2010) Injustice: Why social inequality persists, Bristol: Policy Press.

Example of journal reference:
Warin, P. (2012) 'Non-demand for Social Rights: A new challenge for social action in France', Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, 20(1): 41-53.

Example of chapter within edited / multi-authored publication:
Levitas, R. (2011) 'Utopia Calling: Eradicating child poverty in the United Kingdom and beyond', in A. Minujin and S. Nandy (eds), Global Child Poverty and Well-being: Measurement, concepts, policy and action, Bristol, Policy Press. pp. 449-73.

Example of website reference:
Womensaid (2016) What is domestic abuse?, https://www.womensaid.org.uk/information-support/what-is-domestic-abuse/.

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Copyright & Permissions

The Journal of Public Finance and Public Choice is published by Bristol University Press. Articles are considered for publication on the understanding that on acceptance the entire copyright shall pass to the Associazione Economia delle Scelte Pubbliche.

Authors will be asked to sign a copyright agreement to this effect, which should be submitted online along with the final manuscript. All authors should agree to the copyright assignment. For jointly authored articles the corresponding author may sign on behalf of co-authors provided that s/he has obtained their consent for copyright assignment. The copyright assignment agreement can be downloaded here.

Where copyright is not owned by the author(s), the corresponding author is responsible for obtaining the consent of the copyright holder. This includes figures, tables, and excerpts. Evidence of this permission should be provided to Bristol University Press. General information on rights and permissions can be found here.

To request permission to reproduce any part of articles published in the Journal of Public Finance and Public Choice please email Bristol University Press: pp-info@bristol.ac.uk. For information on what is permissible use for different versions of your article please see our policy on self archiving and institutional repositories.

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Editorial Review Process

All submissions are first desk-reviewed by the Editor in Chief and the Editor who will assess whether the manuscript fits the aims and scope as well as the quality standards of JPFPC. Papers that are selected to be sent out for review will be evaluated through double anonymous peer review by at least two referees. JPFPC aims to return referee reviews along with an initial decision within four weeks.

Please also see our Journals Editorial Policies.

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Contact us

If you have queries regarding the submission process, please email the Journal of Public Finance and Public Choice for assistance: jpfpc2018@gmail.com

JPFPC contributors are invited to submit an evaluation of their experience with JPFPC with Journal Reviewer.

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