Journal of Economic Literature

About the journal

The Journal of Economic Literature (JEL), first published in 1969, is designed to help economists keep abreast of the vast flow of literature. JEL issues contain commissioned, peer-reviewed survey and review articles, book reviews, an annotated bibliography of new books classified by subject matter, and an annual index of dissertations in North American universities.


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Annual Income   Membership Dues for 2021
Under $70,000   $24
$70,000 to $105,000   $34
Over $105,000   $44


Instructions for submitting articles, books, dissertations, and EconLit corrections


Those interested in writing an article for the Journal are requested to begin with an outline of roughly five to ten pages, describing the contents of the proposed article, stating why the topic is deserving of our readers' attention, and listing the main references to be covered. Please see the JEL Editorial Policy and the Style Information for Articles pages for more information. Please see instructions below for submitting a manuscript online. For other inquiries, see Editors and Contacts for contact information.

Disclosure Policy

Authors of articles appearing in the Journal of Economic Literature are expected to disclose any potential conflicts of interest that may arise from their consulting activities, financial interests, or other nonacademic activities. View full Disclosure Policy.

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You must have or create an account in order to submit a manuscript through the Journal of Economic Literature's manuscript submission site. If you already have an account, enter your user ID and password in the boxes on the main page, then click "Log In." If you are unsure whether you have an account or have forgotten your password, enter your e-mail address into the "Password Help" section. If you do not have an account, click on the "Create Account" link. Once you have logged in, the system will then walk you through the process of submitting your manuscript for consideration.

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