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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).
  • If this paper has either a minor or significant amount of overlap/redundancy, these redundancies must be spelled out in the document. Overlap/redundancy must be documented and cited in the paper so that the unique scientific contributions of this paper can be identified.  When in doubt, consult with one of the editors before submission.
  • Where available, URLs for unpublished references have been provided.
  • All references to the authors have been removed from the manuscript.  Carefully make sure that any acknowledgements or other parts of the paper do not jeopardize the blind review process.

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Note: Manuscripts can be submitted in any common format.  However, all sumissions should make sure to remove all references to the authors for proper double-blind peer review.  For submissions we prefer, but do not require:
1) Double-spaced 12 point Times New Roman
2) Figures and Tables within the text.

Format Requirements for Manuscripts Accepted for Publication

The requirements outlined below are embodied in an MS-Word formatting template available here.  If you need help using the template, watch this YouTube Video, and contact co-editor Mark Burkey if you have additional questions.

Electronic Preparation of Manuscripts: Manuscripts accepted for publication must be submitted in Microsoft Word format. Place tables and figures within the text at appropirate points. Electronic copies of the files should be submitted to this website.

Title Page and Abstract: On a separate title page, list the title of the paper, the name(s), affiliation(s), professional position(s) and postal and e-mail address(es) of the author(s). On this page, also include other identifying statements, acknowledgements, and a single-spaced abstract not to exceed 100 words. Keywords and up to three JEL codes also should be included below the abstract.

Text Preparation: The final copy of the manuscript should be formatted for printing on 8 ½” x 11” paper, in Times Roman 12 point font, double-spaced, and using margins of 1.5” all around. As a general rule, the paper, including tables and figures, should not exceed 35 pages in length.

Section Style: Use Arabic numerals for section headings and subheadings and place them flush left.Use bold font and capitalize all letters in the section heading.For subheadings, use both upper and lower cases in bold font and number with decimals one place to the right.Regarding headings for additional nested subsections, use both upper and lower cases in italic font, and additional decimal delineation.



1.1 Subsection Heading

1.1.1 Additional Subsection Heading

Tables: Tables should be created with table editors, and should be single-spaced. Number each Table consecutively, beginning with TABLE 1. Refer to issues of The Review of Regional Studies in Volume 38 or later for table formatting style.

Figures: Figures must have been created in, or pasted into, IBM compatible Microsoft Word. Number each Figure consecutively, beginning with FIGURE 1. Refer to issues of The Review of Regional Studies in Volume 38 or later for formatting of figure titles.

Equations: Only use equations that are necessary.Use of equation editors is preferred for complicated expressions, but only use the editors contained within Word or WordPerfect.Number each equation in parentheses placed to the left, and place the expression flush left.

Example: (1) ln(Yi) = a + b(Xi) + ei

Footnotes: Use the software’s automatic footnote function, with footnotes single-spaced and in Times Roman 10 point font.Use footnotes sparingly.Generally, footnotes should be used for secondary facts and discussion that would disrupt the flow of the main body of the paper, and not used for primary information.

List of References: List references alphabetically on a separate page or pages at the end of the manuscript with the heading “REFERENCES.” Be sure to double-check that your list of references only includes items actually cited in your text. Note that the first author’s name is in order last, first. For additional authors the order is first, last. The following is a sample that contains examples of common references: a journal article, a book, a chapter in an edited volume, an internet-based information source, a U.S. government publication, and an unpublished manuscript.


Card, David. (1997)“Immigrant Inflows, Native Outflows, and the Local Labor Market Impacts of Higher Immigration.”National Bureau of Economic Research WorkingPaper 5927: Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Carlino, Gerald A. and Richard Voith. (1992)“Accounting for Differences in Aggregate StateProductivity,” Regional Science and Urban Economics, 22, 597-617.

Dickens, William T. and Lawrence F. Katz. (1987) “Inter-Industry Wage Differences and Industry Characteristics,” in K. Lang and J.S. Leonard (eds.), Unemployment and the Structure of Labor Markets. Blackwell: New York.

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). (1998)Available at:http://www.iadb.org/exr/english/Research-Data/research-data.htm, February.

Kennedy, Peter A. (1994)A Guide to Econometrics.MIT Press: Cambridge, Massachusetts.

U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census. (1987)Statistical Abstract of the United States. General Printing Office: Washington, D.C.


Reference Citations in the Text: Be sure to double-check that each reference cited in the text is included in your list of references.In the text, citations are by the name(s) of the author(s) and the year of the publication, e.g., Carlino and Voith (1992).For citations completely enclosed within parentheses, there is a comma between the name and publication year, while page references, if used, are denoted with a “p.” or “pp.” for multiple pages (Kennedy, 1994, pp. 240-241; Card, 1997).For articles that have more than three authors use “et al.” (e.g., Greenwood et al., 1991).If there is more than one reference by the same authors in a given year, then use, for example, 1998a, and 1998b. For multiple references within parentheses, order by year of publication, then by last name of the first author.

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