Guidelines for Authors

Instructions for Submissions

Manuscripts submitted to FEC are not subject to any page charges or article processing charges.
Only original papers are acceptable. Submission of the same paper to multiple journals is NOT permitted. Once such a case is established, the paper(s) in question will be immediately rejected and its author(s) will be blacklisted for a period of one year.
Papers should be written in English only and submitted online at 

Submissions should be double-spaced in Times New Roman font, and No. 4 size according to the following format:

1. The “Title Page file, which is solely available to the editorial staff, should contain: (i) the title of the paper, (ii) a suggested running head (abbreviated form of the title), (iii) the full names of the authors and (iv) their positions at relevant institutions (e.g., Associate Professor at Tsinghua University), (v) the addresses of the institutions at which the work was carried out, together with (vi) the full postal and email address, plus telephone numbers, of the author to whom correspondence about the manuscript should be sent, (vii) an abstract in English of no more than 150 words, (viii) 3–8 key words, and (ix) between 1–5 JEL codes, and (x) the source of financial grants and other funding must be acknowledged. The contribution of colleagues or institutions should also be acknowledged.

2. The “Main Document” file should include all contents of this manuscript EXCEPT the authors' personal information. This file, along with the “Abstract” (you can either input the contents or upload a file including the Abstract), will be available to the reviewers during the peer review process.

3. Sections should be numbered by Arabic numerals, potential subsections in the form 1, 1.1, 1.1.1, 1.2, etc.

4. Figures are to be numbered consecutively in the form Figure 1, Figure 2, etc. Preferably, the figures should be professional quality computer graphics. Figures should be captioned informatively, so that they can be understood without referring to the text. Figures must be reproducible on an appropriate scale, typically half a page to a quarter page. Legends with an unreadable small font and too thin lines must be avoided. 

5. Tables are to be numbered separately from the illustrations. Each table should have a short title. Tables should contain only horizontal separators and a double horizontal bar on top. Vertical separators are not acceptable. 

6. Formulas should be numbered consecutively on the right-hand side of the page in the form (1), (2), etc. 

7. References in the text and in footnotes should follow the author-date format, for example (Akerlof, 1970; Arrow, 1963). References should be typed in the following format.
(1) Format for English References
Bernard A B, Jensen J B, Redding S J, Schott P K (2007). Firms in international trade. Journal of Economic Perspectives, 21(3): 105–130
Lancaster K (1979). Variety, Equity and Efficiency. New York, NY: Columbia University Press
Arndt S W (2014). Fragmentation, imperfect competition and heterogeneous firms. In: S. W. Arndt (ed.), Evolving Patterns in Global Trade and Finance, 197–203. New Jersey, NJ: World Scientific
Baldwin R, Taglioni D (2011). Gravity chains: Estimating bilateral trade flows when parts and components trade is important. NBER Working Papers, No. 16672
Ando M, Arndt S W, Kimura F (2006). Production networks in East Asia: Strategic behavior by U.S. and Japanese firms (Japanese version published in 2007). Available at SSRN: or, visited on July 12, 2019
(2) Format for Chinese References
Li C (李春玲) (2014). Trends of educational inequality (1940–2010)—A reexamination of urban and rural unequal educational opportunities (教育不平等的年代变化趋势(1940–2010)——对城乡教育机会不平等的再考察). Sociological Studies (社会学研究), 27(2): 65–89
Wang G, Chen X (王光,陈旭东) (2014). China’s Reform: History, Logic and Future: Booming China (中国改革:历史、逻辑和未来——振兴中华变革论). Beijing, China (中国北京): CITIC Press (中信出版社)
Research Team for “China’s Macroeconomy Analysis and Outlook” at the Institute for Advanced Research (IAR), Shanghai University of Finance and Economics (SUFE) (上海财经大学高等研究院“中国宏观经济形势分析与预测”课题组) (2017). Mid-term Report for China’s Macroeconomy Analysis and Outlook 2017 (2017年中国宏观经济形势分析与预测年中报告 )., visited on September 10, 2017

Pubdate: 2014-05-18    Viewed: 1077