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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

1. Submission or processing fees

Authors are not charged submission or processing fees.

2. Copyright Notice

Authors submitting articles to Latin American Economic Review (LAER), automatically grant this journal a license to publish. Copyright of all published material remains with the authors, who can reuse it in future work without needing to make reference to LAER. Similarly, any other contribution of material to the website (for example text, photographs, graphics, video or audio) automatically grants us a right to publish. Copyright, however, remains with the author(s).

Authors release their work under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). This license allows anyone to copy, distribute and transmit the work, provided the use has no derivatives, is non-commercial and appropriate credit to the author(s) is given. (If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you may not distribute the modified material.)

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3. Peer review

This journal operates a single blind review process. All contributions will be initially assessed by the editor for suitability for the journal. Papers deemed suitable are then typically sent to a minimum of one independent expert reviewer to assess the scientific quality of the paper. The Editor is responsible for the final decision regarding acceptance or rejection of articles. The Editor's decision is final.

4. Types of Contributions

For now, LAER is only accepting regular submissions as Full Length Article: Full length articles are original, high-quality, research papers presenting novel scientific findings. Manuscripts are peer-reviewed. Manuscripts published are open access free of charge.

LAER Editors follow COPE Code of Conduct for Journal Editors. More information atÂ\

5. New Submission: Your paper, your way

LAER wants to make the submission process simpler by using Your Paper, Your Way (YPYW) since 2020. YPYW is an easier submission process, focusing on the quality of the manuscript and only requiring elements needed for eventual production at the final stage.

Submission to this journal proceeds totally online and you will be guided stepwise at .

Further considerations:

  • Authors may submit their manuscript (text, figures and tables) as a single file.
  • Figures should be of high enough quality for refereeing.
  • Manuscripts must be written in English.
  • Manuscript has been 'spell checked' and 'grammar checked'.
  • 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 Internet).
  • A competing interests statement is provided, even if the authors have no competing interests to declare.
  • Authors' contributions, Funding, Availability of data and materials, Ethics approval and consent to participate must be provided.

Submission of a manuscript must be accompanied by a cover letter that addresses the following questions:

  • What is the novelty of this work?
  • Is the paper appealing to a popular or scientific audience?
  • Why the authors think the paper is important and why the journal should publish it?
  • Are you available as a reviewer for LAER?

Submission of a manuscript must be accompanied by a title page in the first page that includes:

  • Title. Concise and informative. Titles are often used in information-retrieval systems. Avoid abbreviations and formulae where possible.
  • Author names and affiliations. Please clearly indicate the given name(s) and family name(s) of each author and check that all names are accurately spelled. You can add your name between parentheses in your own script behind the English transliteration. Indicate all affiliations with a lower-case superscript letter immediately after the author's name. Provide the e-mail address of each author.
  • Corresponding author. Clearly indicate who will handle correspondence at all stages of refereeing and publication, also post-publication. Ensure that the e-mail address is given and that contact details are kept up to date by the corresponding author.

6. Submit Final Manuscript

Final Manuscript for publication must be submitted by author complying with the following standards:

  • The paper should be written in Microsoft Word.
  • Use 12pt Times Roman, CM or other similar font.
  • Be 1.5 spaced with 1.3 inches margins.
  • Have Sections and Subsections numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals (as in section 1 and subsection 1.2). Section headings should be align left and in bold 12pt type.
  • Include figures, and tables should within the body manuscript in the correct place. Figures should be of high enough quality for reading.

Detailed considerations:

  1. First page at the first includes, paper title, author names and affiliations, clearly indicating corresponding author, abstract, keywords and JEL Classifications.
  2. Abstract. A concise and factual abstract is required. The abstract should state briefly the purpose of the research, the principal results and major conclusions. An abstract is often presented separately from the article, so it must be able to stand alone. For this reason, References should be avoided, but if essential, then cite the author(s) and year(s). Also, non-standard or uncommon abbreviations should be avoided, but if essential they must be defined at their first mention in the abstract itself.
  3. Keywords. Immediately after the abstract, provide a maximum of 6 keywords, using American spelling and avoiding general and plural terms and multiple concepts (avoid, for example, 'and', 'of'). Be sparing with abbreviations: only abbreviations firmly established in the field may be eligible. These keywords will be used for indexing purposes.
  4. JEL Classification. Immediately after the keywords, provide a Maximum of 6 JEL codes.
  5. References. Authors are encouraged to check previous publications to follow same reference style at . Where applicable, author(s) name(s), journal title/book title, chapter title/article title, year of publication, volume number/book chapter and the article number or pagination must be present. Use of DOI is highly encouraged. Web references, as a minimum, the full URL should be given and the date when the reference was last accessed.
  6. Formatting requirements. Authors are encouraged to check previous LAER publications to follow same formatting style at . All manuscripts must contain the essential elements needed to convey your manuscript, for example Abstract, Keywords, JEL Classification, Introduction, Literature review, Model, Data and empirical strategy, Results, Conclusions, Artwork and Tables with Captions. Divide the article into clearly defined sections.
  7. Figures and tables embedded in text. Please ensure the figures and the tables included in the single file are placed next to the relevant text in the manuscript, rather than at the bottom or the top of the file. The corresponding caption should be placed directly below the figure or table.
  8. Acknowledgements. Collate acknowledgements in a separate section at the end of the article before the references and do not, therefore, include them on the title page, as a footnote to the title or otherwise. List here those individuals who provided help during the research (e.g., providing language help, writing assistance or proof reading the article, etc.).
  9. Nomenclature and units. Follow internationally accepted rules and conventions: use the international system of units (SI). If other quantities are mentioned, give their equivalent in SI.
  10. Math formulae. Please submit math equations as editable text and not as images. Present simple formulae in line with normal text where possible and use the solidus (/) instead of a horizontal line for small fractional terms, e.g., X/Y. In principle, variables are to be presented in italics. Powers of e are often more conveniently denoted by exp. Number consecutively any equations that have to be displayed separately from the text (if referred to explicitly in the text).
  11. Footnotes. Footnotes should be used sparingly. Number them consecutively throughout the article. Many word processors build footnotes into the text, and this feature must be used.
  12. Artwork. General points:
    • Make sure you use uniform lettering and sizing of your original artwork.
    • Number the illustrations according to their sequence in the text.
    • Use a logical naming convention for your artwork files.

No corrections are possible once a manuscript is published: Make sure everything is correct with both your manuscript and metadata as you submit a final manuscript.

Finally, please restrict yourself to no more than two submissions (including coauthored papers) per year. Submissions in excess of this will be declined without further review.


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