Instructions for Authors

Manuscript Submission

Marine Resource Economics (MRE) contains four sections: Articles, Perspectives, Systematic Reviews, and Book Reviews. Articles generate significant theoretical insights, develop or substantially customize new methods, and/or include rigorous empirical findings of broad relevance to economists studying the oceans. Articles are generally 30-40 double-spaced manuscript pages. The Perspectives section contains: short, applied papers that are empirically rigorous and contribute to knowledge, but do not necessarily make theoretical or methodological contributions; papers with historical perspectives on marine resource economics of broad interest; or timely communications about current events worthy of wide circulation that are grounded in economics, but not necessarily empirical. Systematic Reviews and Book Reviews are generally solicited by the editors, but authors are welcome to suggest topics. All Articles, Perspectives, and Systematic Reviews are subject to a single blind peer-review process. Book reviews are reviewed by the book review editor. See


MRE requires that all manuscripts (articles, Perspectives, and systematic reviews) be accompanied by disclosure of funding source(s); affiliation(s), both academic and corporate; and potential conflict(s) of interest. Such disclosure is accomplished by the following. Upon submission (and subsequent revision):


  • State the source(s) of all funding for your submission. If none, explicitly indicate this. If the paper is accepted for publication, such disclosure will be included in the acknowledgment footnote.


  • List academic, corporate, or other affiliations. If accepted, these will be listed with your name on the title page of your published work.


  • Notify the editor-in-chief if any conflicts of interest are identified. If you are unsure of the existence of such conflict, determine if a particular relationship would serve as a source of embarrassment for you or your institution if not disclosed and ultimately discovered. If none, explicitly state this. If the paper is accepted for publication, such disclosure will be included in the acknowledgment footnote.


In sum, all submissions, including revisions, must be accompanied by a brief disclosure statement (as defined above), which will be published with the work, if accepted.


Authors are required to submit manuscripts via Editorial Manager at

Preparing Files for Online Submission

Manuscripts must be in English, double-spaced, and begin with a title page that includes the name, e-mail address, and affiliation of each author and an abstract containing no more than 150 words. Pages must be numbered consecutively throughout. Do not use section numbers or line numbers. Limit your submission’s length to 40 pages (including tables, figures, and references). Manuscripts will be accepted for con¬sideration with the understanding that their content is unpublished and that the work is not being submitted for publication elsewhere. 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 LaTeX and Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) files.

File Content

Manuscripts can include text, tables, and figures, but must also include a separate, high-resolution file for each figure. See the Figures and Tables section for more information. You must also submit a cover letter in a second file.

Submitting Your Manuscript

Go to to submit your manuscript. The system relies on automated processing to create an Adobe Acrobat (pdf) file from your submission. Step-by-step instructions will guide you through the process, and you should receive an e-mail confirmation from the system when your submission is complete. If you have problems, please contact for assistance.


There is no fee for submission; however, page charges of US$50 per printed journal page will be assessed. If your paper is accepted for publication, you will receive more detailed instructions on preparing your manuscript for production.



Special Formatting and Style Instructions

View “Manuscript Preparation – General” for additional information.


Title. Must be as brief as possible and clearly represent the contents of the work (6 to 12 words). Authors should also supply a shortened title suitable as a running head, not to exceed 50 characters (including spaces). Author Affiliation: Include the full name, academic and/or professional affiliation (including professional title), as well as the complete mailing and email addresses for each author.


Abstract. Each paper should be summarized in an abstract of not more than 150 words. Avoid abbreviations, diagrams, reference to the text, and specific references to cited works within the abstract.


Key words. Supply 3 to 10 keywords or phrases that identify the most important subjects covered by the paper. Please alphabetize.


JEL Codes. Please select the Journal of Economic Literature (JEL) classifications that best reflect the subject matter of your work. For a complete listing of JEL classification categories, go to: The selection(s) should appear on the title page of your paper.


Mathematical Notation. Equations should be centered on the page and numbered at the right margin; i.e., (1), (2), etc. Click “Manuscript Preparation – Math” for specific instructions.


Figures and Tables. Each table is to be placed on a separate page, appear at the end of the manuscript, and have a brief heading above it; i.e., Table 4. Sample Willingness to Pay for Seafood Information Labels. Do not use vertical lines.


Each figure should be a separate high-resolution file (300 dpi+) aside from its appearance at the end of the main manuscript file. The figure files can be JPG, PDF, TIFF, EPS, or most other image file types. Each figure should include a brief legend directly beneath it; i.e., Figure 1. Mean Willingness to Pay for a Product Bearing a Single Information Label. Do not place a box around the figure.


Click “Manuscript Preparation – Tables” or "Manuscript Preparation – Artwork" for specific instructions.


Endnotes. These are to be double-spaced and placed at the end of the manuscript. Use Arabic rather than Roman numerals.


Preparing your References

Check to be certain 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. Be sure that hyperlinks are active.

Reference Styles

References cited within text

Up to three authors are listed in full upon each mention. Four or more take et al. always. Never use et al. in your reference list.

Reference list

  • Don't number the references.

  • Clarify more than one reference by the same author(s) in the same year by naming them “a” and “b” and putting them in alphabetical order by title.




Smith, B. B., and D. D. Brown. 2013a. “Measuring the Cultural and Economic Value of Fish.” Marine

Resource Economics 28:1073-89.



------. 2013b. “Weighing the Consequences of Climate Change for the Fisheries Industry.” Future of Fish




More examples:


Koenig, E. F. 1984. “Fisheries Regulation under Uncertainty: A Dynamic Analysis.” Marine Resource Economics 1




Thiao, D., and F. Laloë. 2012. “A System of Indicators for Sustainability: An Example from the Senegalese

Fisheries.” Marine Resource Economics 27:267-82.



Acemoglu, D., and J. A. Robinson. 2012. Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty.

New York: Random House.



Carraro, C., ed. 2000. Efficiency and Equity in Climate Change Policy. Amsterdam: Kluwer Academic.


Chapter in an edited work

Acemoglu, D., S. Johnson, and J. Robinson. 2005. “Institutions as a Fundamental Cause of Long Run Growth.” In

Handbook of Economic Growth, ed. P. Aghion and S. Durlauf, 386-472. Amsterdam: Elsevier.



Green, D. H. Forthcoming. Oysters Aweigh: Quantifying the Entertainment Value of Oysters. New York: Econ




Green, D. H. 2014. Oysters Aweigh: Quantifying the Entertainment Value of Oysters. New York: Econ Press




Rybak, R. S., and N. Piscator. Forthcoming. “The Effect of Natural Catastrophes on the Fishing Industry.” American

Economic Journal.


Newspaper or magazine

Kala, W. 2013. “Tracking Global Demand for Fish.” New York Times, May 9.

Magazine article with no author listed

Financial Times. 2013. “Spending for Risk Management in the Fisheries Industry.” June 11, 14-22.

Journal with no volume number

Kala, W. 2013. “Resource Fluctuations and Coastal Economy.” Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, no. 1,



Unpublished manuscript

Rybak, R. S. 2013. “Some Dynamic Economic Consequences of Unregulated Fishing.” Unpublished manuscript,

Department of Economics, University of Chicago.


Dissertations and theses

Jones, B. S. 2013. “Graphing the Effects of Temperature on the Fisheries Sector.” PhD diss., Department of

Economics, University of Chicago.


Working papers, conference papers, etc.

Meuwissen, M. P. M., R. B. M. Huirne, and J. B. Hardaker. 1999. “Perceptions of Risks and Risk Management

Strategies: Analysis of Dutch Livestock Farmers.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Agricultural and
Applied Economics Association, August 8-11, Nashville, TN.


Ravillion, M. 2013. “The Idea of Antipoverty Policy.” NBER Working Paper 19210. National Bureau of Economic Research, Cambridge, MA.


Walsh, P., J.W. Milon, and D. Scrogin. 2010. “The Spatial Extent of Water Quality Benefits in Urban Housing Markets.”

Working Paper 10-02, National Center for Environmental Economics, Washington, DC.


Online sources

FOS (Florida Oceanographic Society). 2005. “St. Lucie River Estuary Water Quality Data.”



IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change). 2011. “What Is a GCM?”



Permission to Reprint, Data and Documentation, and Copyright

Permission. If any figure, table, or more than a few lines of text from previously published material are included in a manuscript, the author must obtain written permission for republication from the copyright holder and forward a copy to the publisher.


Data and Documentation. Data sources, models, and estimation procedures are to be documented to permit replication by others. Data and computer code used in the analyses should be made available for replication purposes. The editor should be informed at the time of submission whether, if for legal or proprietary reasons, these requirements cannot be met. This information should be contained in the cover letter included with your submission. Submission of appendices, model documentation, and other supporting materials is encouraged to facilitate the review process. See Data Policy for further information. Online-only appendices of a reasonable length will be copyedited according to MRE style and will be available in the HTML version of the article and as printable PDFs. They should be submitted through Editorial Manager as part of the manuscript file. Appendix material that is very long will be available as a PDF as formatted by the authors; there will be a link to the PDF in the online version of the article.


Copyright. The MRE Foundation, Inc., requires the assignment of copyright on articles and their appendices, Perspectives pieces, systematic reviews, book reviews, and most contributions. Although copyright to other contributions (e.g., tributes, special issue introductions) remains with their authors, it is understood that, in return for publication, the MRE Foundation, Inc., has the exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free right of first publication and the non-exclusive continuing right to reprint, republish, display, distribute, license, archive, and use the contribution in any language, format, or medium, either separately or as part of a collective work.