Guide for Authors

The mission of the Journal of Comparative Economics is to lead a new approach to research in comparative economics. Before 1989, comparative economics focused heavily on the comparison of economic systems, in particular the economic analysis of socialism in its different forms. For the last fifteen years, the main focus of comparative economists has been the transition from socialism to capitalism. In recent years, mostly as a result of transition, a new approach in comparative economics has emerged that focuses on the comparison of the economic effects of the various institutions of capitalism in the legal sphere (common law versus civil law), the political sphere (different types of democracies and electoral regimes), and the spheres of culture and social norms. This new research program is a natural development following the very diverse experience of transitions from socialism to capitalism. The transition experience has indeed shown, with a vengeance, the importance of institutions in the process of economic development.

This new approach is associated with several outstanding research questions including: Which institutions, including courts, credit markets, and good regulations, are critical for successful growth? How should institutions be measured? Why are certain institutions, such as courts and regulatory culture, slow-moving while others, such as constitutions and electoral procedures, relatively fast-moving? Why is there so much cross-sectional variance in the quality of institutions? What kinds of initial conditions or historic natural experiments can be employed to estimate the causal impact of institutions on economic performance? The Journal of Comparative Economics will maintain its tradition of publishing the best papers on the Chinese economy and of being an important outlet for work on economies in Central Europe and the Former Soviet Union. The Journal of Comparative Economics aims to enlarge the interest of the journal to other emerging market economies.

It is the policy to provide authors with an editorial decision within three months of the acknowledgment of submissions.

Online submission
All submissions are handled online at Once you have logged on as author using your JCEC username and password,you will be guided through the creation and uploading of your files. The system automatically converts source files to a single Adobe Acrobat PDF version of the article, which is used in the peer-review process. Please note that even though manuscript source files are converted to PDF at submission for the review process, these source files are needed for further processing after acceptance. All correspondence, including notification of the Editor's decision and requests for revision, takes place by e-mail and via the author's homepage only. Therefore users need to keep their contact coordinates on the registration page up-to-date with the "UPDATE MY INFORMATION" option.

Blind review
The cover page (separate) should contain the article title, authors' names and complete affiliations, footnotes to the title, and the address for manuscript correspondence (including e-mail address and telephone and fax numbers).

Legal and copyright
Submission of an article implies that the work described has not been published previously (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture or academic thesis), that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, that its publication is approved by all authors and tacitly or explicitly by the responsible authorities where the work was carried out, and that, if accepted, it will not be published elsewhere in the same form, in English or in any other language, without the written consent of the copyright holder.

Upon acceptance of an article, authors will be asked to sign a 'Journal Publishing Agreement' (for more information on this and copyright see Acceptance of the agreement will ensure the widest possible dissemination of information. An e-mail (or letter) will be sent to the corresponding author confirming receipt of the manuscript together with a 'Journal Publishing Agreement' form or a link to the online version of this agreement.
Subscribers may reproduce tables of contents or prepare lists of articles including abstracts for internal circulation within their institutions. Persmission of the Publisher is required for resale or distribution outside the institution and for all other derivative works, including compilations and translations (please consult
If excerpts from other copyrighted works are included, the author(s) must obtain written permission from the copyright owners and credit the source(s) in the article. Elsevier has preprinted forms for use by authors in these cases: please consult

Word processors
Save the file in the native format of the word processor used. The text should be in single-column format. Keep the layout of the text as simple as possible. Most formatting codes will be removed and replaced on processing the article. In particular, do not use the word processor's options to justify text or to hyphenate words. However, do use bold face, italics, subscripts, superscripts etc. Do not embed "graphically designed" equations or tables, but prepare these using the word processor's facility. When preparing tables, if you are using a table grid, use only one grid for each individual table and not a grid for each row. If no grid is used, use tabs, not spaces, to align columns. Do not import the figures into the text file but, instead, indicate their approximate locations directly in the electronic text. To avoid unnecessary errors you are strongly advised to use the "spellchecker" function of your word processor.
We accept most word-processing formats, but Word, WordPerfect, or LaTeX is preferred. The Elsevier LaTeX package (including detailed instructions for LaTeX preparation) can be obtained from the Quickguide at It consists of the files elsart.cls, guidelines for users of elsart, a template file for quick start, and the instruction booklet "Preparing articles with LaTeX."

Language. Articles must be written in clear and concise English.

Language polishing. Articles must be written in good English. Authors who require information about language editing and copyediting services pre- and post-submission may visit or visit our Support Center for more information. Please note Elsevier neither endorses nor takes responsibility for any products, goods, or services offered by outside vendors through our services or in any advertising. For more information please refer to our Terms and Conditions at

Title. Concise and informative. Avoid abbreviations and formulas.

Author names and affiliations. Where the family name may be ambiguous (e.g., a double name), please indicate this clearly using appropriate script (capital cases as first letter of authors' first and surnames followed by lower cases). Present the authors' affiliation addresses (where the actual work was done) below the names. Indicate all affiliations with a lowercase superscript letter immediately after the author's name and in front of the appropriate address. Provide the full postal address of each affiliation, including the country name, and, if available, the e-mail address of each author. Since surnames are capitalized, Chinese names may either be in Chinese order (surname first) or in English order (surname last). Surnames listed in the text or references are not capitalized.

Corresponding author. Clearly indicate who is willing to handle correspondence at all stages of refereeing and publication, also post-publication. Ensure that telephone and fax numbers (with country and area code) are provided in addition to the e-mail address and the complete postal address.

Abstract. A concise abstract should briefly state the purpose of the research and the main results. An abstract is often presented separate from the article, so it must be able to stand alone.

Highlights Highlights are mandatory for this journal. They consist of a short collection of bullet points that convey the core findings of the article and should be submitted in a separate file in the online submission system. Please include 3 to 5 bullet points (max. 85 characters per bullet point including spaces). See for examples.

Graphical Abstract A Graphical abstract is optional and should summarize the contents of the paper in a concise, pictorial form designed to capture the attention of a wide readership online. Authors must provide images that clearly represent the work described in the paper. Graphical Abstracts should be submitted as a separate file in the online submission system. Maximum image size: 400x600 pixels (hxw, recommended size 200x500 pixels). Preferred file types: TIFF, EPS, PDF or MS Office files. See for examples.

Classification codes and keywords. Provide at least one standard JEL code ( and up to 5 additional keywords.

Illustrations. Graphics files can be uploaded via
A guide on electronic artwork is available on
Color figures. Illustrations in color in the printed issue can be accepted only if the authors defray the cost. However, if together with your accepted article, you submit usable color figures, then Elsevier will ensure, at no additional charge, that these figures will appear in color on the Web (e.g., ScienceDirect and other sites) regardless of whether these illustrations are reproduced in color in the printed version. For color reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from Elsevier after receipt of your accepted article. For further information on the preparation of electronic artwork, please see

Tables. Tables should be numbered consecutively in the text in Arabic numerals and printed on separate sheets. Any manuscript that does not conform to the above instructions may be returned for the necessary revision before publication.

Equations. Equations to which reference is made in the text should be numbered consecutively, with optional subdivision by sections. Equation numbers should be placed in parentheses against the right margin of the text.

Footnotes. The use of footnotes should be kept to a minimum and numbered consecutively throughout the text with superscript Arabic numerals.

References. References to publications should be as follows: 'Smith (1992) reported that...' or 'This problem has been studied previously (e.g., Smith et al., 1969)'. The author should make sure that there is a strict one-to-one correspondence between the names and years in the text and those on the list. The list of references should appear at the end of the main text (after any appendices, but before tables and legends for figures). It should be double spaced and listed in alphabetical order by author's name.

References should appear as follows:

Buch, Claudia M., Heinrich, Ralph P., Pierdzioch, Christian, 1999. The value of waiting: Russia's integration into the international capital markets. Journal of Comparative Economics 27, 209-230.

Diewert, W. Erwin, 1987. Index numbers. In: Eatwell, John, Milgate, Murray, Newman, Peter (Eds.), The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, Vol. 2. Macmillan, Basingstoke/London, pp. 767-779.

Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO), 1999. FAOSTAT Agricultural Data. Available at FAO, Rome.

Honkkila, Juha, 1977. Privatization, asset distribution and equity in transitional economies. Working Paper No. 125. UNU/WIDER, Helsinki.

Montias, John M., 1976. The Structure of Economic Systems. Yale Univ. Press, New Haven, CT.

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), 1996. OECD Economic Surveys 1995-1996: The Slovak Republic. OECD, Paris.

Note that journal titles should not be abbreviated.

References in articles in Special Issues. Please ensure that the words 'this issue' are added to any references in the list (and any citations in the text) to other articles in the same Special Issue.

Citing and listing of Web references. As a minimum, the full URL should be given. Any further information, if known (Author names, dates, reference to a source publication, etc.), should also be given. Web references can be listed separately (e.g., after the reference list) under a different heading if desired, or can be included in the reference list.

Important: the title page, abstract, and manuscript should contain the article title and footnotes to the title. This page should omit the authors' names and affiliations, but should include the title of the manuscript. Footnotes containing information pertaining to the authors' identity or affiliations should be included with the cover page to ensure this information is not seen by reviewers. Also ensure that the manuscript does not identify authors' names in the properties or in the paper itself (i.e., running heads, etc.).

Submission checklist
• One author designated as corresponding author
• E-mail address
• Full postal address
• Telephone and fax numbers
• All necessary files have been uploaded
• JEL code(s) and keywords
• All figure captions
• All tables (including title, description, footnotes)
• Manuscript has been "spellchecked"
• References are in the correct format for this journal
• All references mentioned in the Reference list are cited in the text, and vice versa
• Permission has been obtained for use of copyrighted material from other sources (including the Web)

Submission fee

IMPORTANT: As of July 1st, 2019, the Journal of Comparative Economics will charge a nonrefundable fee of US $100 for new submissions. Please note that for authors from European countries, the relevant VAT amount will be added to the submission fee. Submission fees will be waived for the members of the Association for Comparative Economic Studies. Members of ACES are will be asked to upload a membership proof during the submission of their paper to the journal. Submission fees will be used to support journal activities. Please address questions on Submission Fees to the journal email address:
Submissions will only be considered after payment of the submission fee via Submission Start. Submissions for which we do not receive either the proof of payment of the Submission Fee within seven days or the proof of membership to the ACES, will be sent back to the authors.
JCE has a policy of expedited review. The editor(s) may reject a manuscript without obtaining peer review from outside reviewers. Submission fees will not be refunded in such instances.

Author Proofs and reprints
Page proofs will be sent electronically to the corresponding author. Proofs should be corrected carefully; the responsibility for detecting errors lies with the author. Corrections should be restricted to instances in which the proof is at variance with the manuscript. Extensive alterations will be charged.

A PDF file of the published article, including a cover sheet and a disclaimer outlining the terms and condition of use will be provided free of charge. Alternatively the corresponding author can choose to receive 50 complimentary reprints.

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