All manuscripts are to be submitted online. Please send your articles to . All submissions must be prepared in accordance with the following instructions.

uthors submitting a manuscript do so on the understanding that if it is accepted for publication, exclusive licence of the article shall be granted to the Society.



The journal provides a focus for theoretical, applied, interdisciplinary, history of thought and methodological work, with strong emphasis on realistic analysis, the development of critical perspectives, the provision and use of empirical evidence, and the construction of policy. The Editors welcome submissions in this spirit on all social sciences.



Authors are asked to use mathematics only when its application does not compromise realistic analysis. When mathematics is used, the major steps in the argument and the conclusions should be made intelligible to a non-mathematical reader. Authors should put the mathematical parts of their argument into an appendix.



To facilitate the verification and replication of results, authors of accepted papers are encouraged to submit data sets, programs, and information on empirical analysis. This material will be published alongside the article on the website, and can be accessed through the ‘supplementary data’ link. However, authors should not submit data or files if publication would breach the rights of a third party or if any individuals are identifiable from the data. 

Please note files must be supplied in the following format: Word document



All copies must be in Journal style (see a recent issue), and double spaced (including footnotes and references). Footnotes should be kept to a minimum, indicated by superscript figures in the text, and collected on a single page placed at the end of the manuscript. Please do not use the automatic footnote feature of your word processing program. Tables and figures should be attached on separate sheets at the end of the manuscript and their position indicated in the text. Citations in the text should use the Harvard System of short references (e.g. Isenman, 1980, pp. 66-7; Brown, 1975A, 1993B) with a full alphabetical list at the end in the following style:

  • Isenman, P. 1980. Basic needs: the case of Sri Lanka, World Development , vol. 8, no. 3, 237-58

  • Myrdal, G. 1939. Monetary Equilibrium , London, Hodge

  • Phillips, A.W.H. 1953. 'Dynamic Models in Economics', PhD Thesis, University of London

  • If you use EndNote and/or Reference Manager to facilitate referencing citations (not required for submission), this journal's style is available for use.



Papers published in Advance Access are citeable using the DOI and publication date. An example of an Advance Access citation is given below:

  • Brammer, S and Millington, A. 'Profit maximisation vs. agency: an analysis of charitable giving by UK firms', Cambridge Journal of Economics Advance Access published April 4, 2005, doi:10.1093/cje/bei036.

The same paper in its final form would be cited:

  • Brammer, S. and Millington, A. 'Profit maximisation vs. agency: an analysis of charitable giving by UK firms', Cambridge Journal of Economics , 29 (4), pp. 517-534. First published April 4, 2005: doi:10.1093/cje/bei036.



Before submitting a comment (normally no more than 1500 words) on any article published in the Journal, a copy of the comment should be sent to the author of the original article with a request they respond to any points of possible misunderstanding. The comment should not be submitted for publication before this response has been received unless the original author does not reply within a reasonable time.



Please note that by submitting an article for publication you confirm that you are the corresponding/submitting author and that. If your article is accepted for publication INJOSOS will contact you using the email address you have used in the registration process. Please note that INJOSOS  does not retain copies of rejected articles. 

It is a condition of publication in the Journal that authors assign copyright to the Cambridge Political Economy Society. This ensures that requests from third parties to reproduce articles are handled efficiently and consistently and will also allow the article to be as widely disseminated as possible. In assigning copyright, authors may use their own material in other publications provided that the Journal is acknowledged as the original place of publication, and Oxford University Press is notified in writing and in advance. In consideration for granting the exclusive licence, the publisher will supply the author free url access to their article. The free url allows readers free access to the full text of your paper whether or not they are a subscriber to the journal.



Al-Farabi authors have the option to publish their paper under the open access; whereby, for a charge, their paper will be made freely available online immediately upon publication. After your manuscript is accepted the corresponding author will be required to accept a mandatory licence to publish agreement. As part of the licensing process you will be asked to indicate whether or not you wish to pay for open access. If you do not select the open access option, your paper will be published with standard subscription-based access and you will not be charged.


Al-Farabi does not accept papers that have been previously published elsewhere with the exception of working papers series. The Journal’s policy regarding working paper series is:

  • Pre-publication in working paper series is allowed where submission to the working paper series is prior to acceptance by the Journal.

  • The working paper version may remain online after publication in the Journal.

  • The working paper version should NOT be updated after acceptance by the Journal.

  • Authors are requested to append the appropriate citation to the working paper version on acceptance by the Journal (if the working paper series allows this).



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