Instructions for Authors

Preparing Files for Online Submission


Manuscripts must be in English and must begin with a title page that includes the names, e-mail addresses, and affiliations of all authors and a 250-word abstract.

File Formats


The preferred format for submitting manuscripts online is Microsoft Word. If you are unable to submit a Microsoft Word file, Editorial Manager will also accept Adobe Acrobat (.pdf), and Rich Text (.rtf) files.


File Content

Manuscripts are preferred as separate files for text and for figures. Alternatively, you may submit a single file with figures, tables, and images included in the main document. You must also submit a cover letter in a second file, either in the same format as your main text file or in plain text format (ASCII file).

Special Instructions for References

Preparing your references


First, make one last check to be sure that every reference cited in the text is included in your list of references and that every item on your list of references is cited in the text. Make sure that the information (spelling of names, updated publication dates) is correct and in complete agreement.


Style References

References cited within text

Two authors are listed in full upon each mention. Three authors are listed in full on first mention and take et al. thereafter. Four or more take et al. always.

Reference list

  • Don't number the references.
  • Use the American style of citing the name exactly as it was in the original publication -- that means the first name is usually written out.
  • Clarify more than one reference by the same author(s) in the same year by naming them a and b.




Smith, Brian B., and David D. Brown. 1999a. When the stock market is down. Journal Name 10:100-153.


------. 1999b. When the stock market is up. Journal Name 10:154-77.


More examples (pay particular attention to the placement of the date and capitalization of titles).


Barro, Robert J. 2009. Rare disasters, asset prices, and welfare costs. American Economic Review 99:243-64.


Hsiang, Solomon M., and Daiju Narita. 2012. Adaptation to cyclone risk: Evidence from the global cross-section. Climate Change Economics 3 (2): 1-28.


Allison, Graham. 2004. Nuclear terrorism: The ultimate preventable catastrophe. New York: Henry Holt.


Libecap, Gary D., and Richard H. Steckel, eds. 2011. The economics of climate change: Adaptations past and present. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.


Nordhaus, William D., and J. G. Boyer. 2000. Warming the world: Economic models of global warming. Boston: MIT Press.

Dissertations and Theses

Jones, Barbara S. 2013. Graphing the economics of temperature. PhD diss., Department of Economics, University of Chicago.


Green, Deborah H. Forthcoming. Counting the cost: The economics of political decision making. New York: Econ Press.


Green, Deborah H. 2014. Counting the cost: The economics of political decision making. New York: Econ Press (forthcoming).


Pindyck, Robert S., and Neng Wang. Forthcoming. The economic and policy consequences of catastrophes. American Economic Journal: Economic Policy.

Chapter in an edited work

Pindyck, Robert S. 2011. Modeling the impact of warming in climate change economics. In The economics of climate change: Adaptations past and present, ed. G. Libecap and Richard H. Steckel. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Newspaper or magazine

Hansen, James. 2012. Game over for the climate. New York Times, May 9.

Magazine article with no author listed

Financial Times. 2013. Spending for climate security. June 11, 14-22.

Journal with no volume number

Hall, Robert E. 2011. Employment fluctuations and wage rigidity. Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, no. 1, 91-123.

Unpublished manuscript

Weitzman, Martin L. 2008. Some dynamic economic consequences of the climate sensitivity inference dilemma. Unpublished manuscript, Department of Economics, Harvard University.

Various years

US Department of Commerce. Various years. Survey of current business. Washington, DC: US Government Printing Office.

Working papers, discussion papers, etc.

Barro, Robert J., and Tao Jin. 2009. On the size distribution of macroeconomic disasters. NBER Working Paper 15247, National Bureau of Economic Research, Cambridge, MA.


Green, Deborah H. 2013. Predicting the cost of climate management. Working Paper no. 23, Institute for Environmental Economics, University of Chicago.

Online sources

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). 2011. What is a GCM?