Authors should submit manuscripts including figures in electronic form using an internet-based review and tracking system called Editorial Manager (EM). You first need to register on the system by going to http://www.editorialmanager.com/aej. New authors must click the “Register” button from the menu and enter the requested information. An e-mail will then be sent to the author to verify the registration and assign a username and password. DO NOT REGISTER AGAIN. Just log into the system as “Author.” If you forget your password, click the “Login” button, and click “Send Username/Password.” Enter your e-mail address and click the “Send Username and Password” button. An e-mail containing your username and password will be sent to you.
The AEJ maintains a double blind review system, that is, the reviewers and authors are unknown to each other.
Springer prefers articles submitted in word processing packages such as MS Word running under operating systems MS DOS, Windows, and Apple Macintosh. PDF is not an acceptable file format.
The journal’s language is English. British English or American English spelling and terminology may be used, but either one should be followed consistently throughout the article. Limit the paper to no more than 20 pages (font-size: 12pt., with 1-inch margins), including references, footnotes, tables, figures, and appendices. Double-space all material, including notes and references. Quotations of more than 40 words should be set off clearly by indenting the left-hand margin. Use double quotation marks for direct quotations and single quotation marks for quotations within quotations as well as for words or phrases used in a special sense.
The title page document should contain the author(s) name, affiliation, and any acknowledgements.
The manuscript must not contain the author(s) name and affiliation. Be sure to include the abstract, JEL classification numbers, and keywords in the manuscript.
Number the pages consecutively.
Any numerical results should be presented in standard U.S. units (e.g., inches; feet; 6.34, not 6,34; 5,498.26, not 5.498,26).
Each figure and table should be numbered, titled, and referred to in the text. The title should describe the content of the table or figure in as few words as possible using the following format:
Electronic figures should be in either Encapsulated PostScript (EPS) or TIFF format. Many other formats, e.g., Microsoft Postscript, PiCT (Macintosh) and WMF (Windows), cannot be used.
Label the axes by title rather than by notation (e.g., “Price,” not “p”; “Quantity,” not “q”). Use Press or Times Roman type style. Provide artwork that approximately fits within the typeset area of the journal. Figures in color are not allowed and must be submitted in black-and-white. Grey and half-tones are not acceptable.
Figures should be saved in the manuscript with their captions. For vector graphics, EPS is the preferred format. Lines should not be thinner than 0.25 pts and in-fill patterns and screens should have a density of at least 10%. Font-related problems can be avoided by using standard fonts such as Times Roman and Helvetica. For bitmapped graphics, TIFF is the preferred format but EPS is also acceptable. The following resolution is optimal: black-and-white line figures – 600 – 1200 dpi. Higher resolutions will not improve output quality but will only increase file size, which may cause problems with printing; lower resolutions may compromise output quality.
Always check whether the figures print correctly to a PostScript printer in a reasonable amount of time. If they do not, simplify your figures or use a different graphics program.
If EPS export does not produce acceptable output, try to create an EPS file with the printer driver (see below). This option is unavailable with the Microsoft driver for Windows NT, so if you run Windows NT, get the Adobe driver from the Adobe site (www.adobe.com). If EPS export is not an option, e.g., because you rely on OLE and cannot create separate files for your graphics, provide a PostScript dump of the entire document.
Create a printer entry specifically for this purpose: install the printer “Apple Laserwriter Plus” and specify “FILE:” as printer port. Each time you send something to the “printer” you will be asked for a filename. This file will be the EPS file or PostScript dump.
The EPS export option can be found under the PostScript tab. EPS export should be used only for single-page documents. For printing a document of several pages, select “Optimise for portability” instead. The option “Download header with each job” should be checked.
Do not number section headings or subheadings. Put headings in bold face type and subheadings in italics.
Supplementary material should be collected in an Appendix and placed before the Reference section.
Use footnotes rather than endnotes. Notes should be indicated by consecutive superscript numbers in the text. In tables, footnotes are preferable to long explanatory material in either the heading or body of the table. Such explanatory footnotes, identified by superscript letters, should be placed immediately below the table.
An acknowledgement of people, grants, and funds should be placed on the title page.
References to books, journal articles, articles in collections and conference or workshop proceedings, and technical reports should be listed at the end of the article in alphabetical order. Articles in preparation or articles submitted for publication, unpublished observations, personal communications, and so forth should not be included in the reference list but should only be mentioned in the article’s text (e.g., T. Moore, personal communication). Note that the journal titles should not be abbreviated.
References to articles in periodicals should include the author’s name; year of publication; article title; full title of periodical; volume number (issue number where appropriate); first and last page numbers.
When there are more than two authors, only the first author’s name should be mentioned, followed by “et al.”. In the event that an author cited has had two or more works published during the same year, the reference, both in the text and in the reference list, should be identified by a lower case letter like “a” and “b” after the date to distinguish the works.
Proofs will be sent to the corresponding author. One corrected proof, together with the original, edited manuscript, should be returned to the Publisher within three days of receipt.
It is the responsibility of the author to obtain written permission for a quotation from unpublished material, or for all quotations in excess of 250 words in one extract or 500 words in total from any work still in copyright, and for the reprinting of figures, tables, or poems from unpublished or copyrighted material.
Additional information can be obtained from:
Publishing Editor AEJ
Tel: +49 (6221) 487 8575
Fax: +49 (6221) 487 8177