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Types of Manuscripts Accepted

JEOD welcomes full-length research articles, as well as book reviews, research proceedings and conference letters. All JEOD content is published in English. No fees or charges are required from authors for manuscript processing on JEOD. Authors pay neither submission nor publication fees. For specific instructions for submissions please see below.

General Considerations and Permissions

Submission of a manuscript implies: that the work described has not been published before; that it is not under consideration for publication anywhere else; that its publication has been approved by all co-authors, if any, as well as by the responsible authorities – tacitly or explicitly – at the institute where the work has been carried out. The publisher will not be held legally responsible should there be any claims for compensation. 

If you include figures, tables, or text passages that have already been published elsewhere, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner(s) for both the print and online format and include evidence that such permission has been granted. Any material received without such evidence will be assumed to originate from the authors. Please be aware that some publishers do not grant electronic rights for free and that the publisher will not be able to refund any costs that may have been incurred in order to receive these permissions. In such cases, material from other sources should be used.

To see the Publication Ethics, click here

Submission of Research Articles

To submit a research article go to and log in as author. Follow the hyperlink “Submit new manuscript” and upload all of your manuscript files according to the instructions. Upon receipt of the paper, a confirmation email will be sent automatically. The submission is not complete if a confirmation email has not been received. 

Manuscript files should be submitted in Microsoft Word format. 

As research articles are double-blind peer reviewed, please submit two documents at the time of your submission:

  • A title page including:

A concise and informative title

The name(s) of the author(s) listed in the order you would like them to be published

The affiliation(s) and email address(es) of the author(s)

An abstract of 150 to 250 words that will be used in the published article. Please note that in the submission process on Editorial Manager you will be asked to provide a shorter abstract (max 100 words) for review purposes. Neither abstracts should contain undefined abbreviations or unspecified references.

3 to 6 keywords for indexing purposes

3 to 6 JEL Codes. See:


  •  A blinded manuscript without any author names and affiliations in the file. Self-identifying citations and references in the article text should either be avoided or withheld, e.g. (Withheld, 2021).

Guidelines for Research Articles


Manuscripts must be written in English. Editing of the manuscript for language is the sole responsibility of the author. 

Manuscript length: 

Manuscripts should normally range from 8,000 to 10,000 words (approximately 25 pages). In the word count all text is included (e.g. abstract, reference list, text in tables, figures and footnotes).

Manuscript format:

Manuscript should be submitted in Microsoft Word format. Manuscripts with mathematical content can be submitted in LaTeX and should be accompanied by a PDF document.

Style and punctuation:

  • Use a normal, plain font (e.g., 12-point Times Roman) for text.
  • Divide your manuscript into clearly defined and numbered sections. Subsections should be numbered 1.1 (then 1.1.1, 1.1.2, …), 1.2, etc. Use this numbering also for internal cross-referencing (do not just refer to “the text”). Any subsection may be given a brief heading. 
  • Use italics for emphasis.
  • Where appropriate, abbreviations (i.e., e.g., etc.) can be used. Excessive use of abbreviations should, however, be avoided.
  • Spell out acronyms in full the first time and use initials thereafter.
  • Use a single space after full stops, commas, colons, semicolons, etc. Do not put a space in front of a question mark, or in front of any other closing quotation mark.
  • Use double quotation marks for quoted material within the text; single quotation marks should only be used for quotes within quotes.
  • Spell out one to nine. From 10 up, use numerals. Use the symbol for percentages.
  • Use the automatic page numbering function to number the pages.
  • Use tab stops or other commands for indents, not the space bar.
  • Use preferably the Word equation editor or MathType for equations. 


  • All tables are to be numbered using Arabic numerals.
  • Tables should always be cited in text in consecutive numerical order.
  • For each table, please supply a table caption (title) explaining the components of the table.
  • Identify any previously published material by giving the original source beneath the table body.
  • Footnotes to tables should be indicated by superscript lower-case letters (or asterisks for significance values and other statistical data) and included beneath the table body.


  • For the highest quality final product, it is recommended that you submit all of your artwork – photographs, line drawings, etc. – in electronic format with all elements (e.g. text, numbers) clearly legible. Your art will then be produced to the highest standards with the greatest accuracy to detail. The published work will directly reflect the quality of the artwork provided.
  • As an online journal, we welcome colour art and illustrations.


  • Acknowledgments of people, grants, funds, etc. should be placed in the title page and not in the blind manuscript. In any event, acknowledgments can be added after the manuscript has been accepted for publication.
  • The names of funding organizations should be written in full.


  • Footnotes can be used to give additional information, which may include the citation of a reference included in the reference list. They should not consist solely of a reference citation, and they should never include the bibliographic details of a reference. They should also not contain any figures or tables.
  • Footnotes to the text are numbered consecutively; those to tables should be indicated by superscript lower-case letters (or asterisks for significance values and other statistical data).
  • Footnotes to the title or the authors of the article are not given reference symbols. Always use footnotes instead of endnotes.


  • Cite references in the text by name and year in parentheses and separated by a comma. 
  • Cite references in chronological order (oldest to most recent). When there are two or more references for a specific year, cite them in alphabetical order. 
  • Cite up to three authors, from four up use “at al.”. 
  • When quoting text from a publication, add the page number(s) after the year.
  • Some examples:

Negotiation research spans many disciplines (Thompson, 1990).

This result was later contradicted by Becker and Seligman (1996).

This effect has been widely studied (Abbott, 1991; Medvec et al., 1993; Barakat et al., 1995; Kelso and Smith, 1998.)

Moulaert et al. (2013: 16) refer to social innovation as those “acceptable progressive solutions …”.



  • The list of references should only include works that are cited in the text and that have been published or accepted for publication. Personal communications and unpublished works should only be mentioned in the text.
  • Do not use footnotes or endnotes as a substitute for a reference list.
  • If a reference list entry has a DOI number, it must be included in the citation.
  • Reference list entries should be alphabetized by the last names of the first author of each work. When there are multiple works by the same author, the references should be listed from oldest to most recent. 
  • Some examples:

Journal article

Akerlof, G. A. & Kranton, R. (2005). Identity and the economics of organizations, Journal of Economic Perspectives, 19(1): 9-32. DOI:


Ostrom, E. (1990). Governing the Commons. The evolution of institutions for collective action. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. DOI:

Book chapter

Borzaga, C. (2009). A Comprehensive Interpretation of Voluntary and Under-Remunerated Work. In: S. Destefanis & M. Musella (Eds.), Paid and Unpaid Labour in the Social Economy. An International Perspective. Heidelberg: Physica-Verlag, pp. 11-32.

Working paper

Bianchi, M. (2016). How communities can regenerate urban context. The case study of Hackney Co-operative Developments, Euricse Working Paper Series, n. 87/16. Trento: Euricse. Available at: [Accessed: 29 October 2016].

PhD thesis

Fontanari, E. (2014). La cooperazione italiana. Funzione e rilevanza economica: un focus particolare sui settori non bancari (Ph.D. thesis). Varese: University of Insubria.

Online document

BEPA (2011). Empowering people, driving change: Social innovation in the European Union. Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union. Available at: [Accessed: 4 January 2018].

UBC (2018). Shaping UBC’s Next Century. Strategic Plan 2018-2028. Vancouver: Office of the President and Vice Chancellor. Available at: [Accessed: 8 August 2018].

Newspaper article

Borzaga, C. & Salvatori, G. (2021). Il Terzo settore antidoto all’apatia della società, Avvenire, 2 December. Available at:  [Accessed: 15 December 2021].

Times of Malta (2020). NGOs: Updated migrants’ policy will lead to increased social exclusion, poverty, 25 November. Available at: [Accessed: 30 November 2021]

Conference paper

Sacchetti, S. & Campbell, C. (2016). Biosphere Reserves as Spaces for Inclusive Territorial Governance. Paper presented at the International Initiative for the Promotion of Political Economy (IPPE) Conference, Lisbon, 7-10 September 2016.

Sforzi, F. (1999). Il sistema locale come unita d’analisi integrata del territorio. In: E. Gori, E. Giovannini & N. Batic (Eds.), Verso i censimenti del 2000, Atti del Convegno della Società Italiana di Statistica. Udine, 7-9 giugno 1999. Udine: Forum, pp.185-192.

Guidelines for Book Reviews

Book reviews will be peer reviewed by the editors. Details of author(s) or editor(s), title, place and date of publication, publisher and number of pages should be supplied with the review. Reviews should ideally be between 1,000 and 2,000 words in length. Occasionally the editors may accept longer submissions. The review should include a critical analysis of the book, as well as identify any strengths, weaknesses or topics not sufficiently addressed. Reviewers agree not to publish a review of the same book elsewhere. Reviewers should not review books which they have refereed for a publisher, or to which they have contributed. Reviewers should not have personal relations to the book author that would stand in the way of an objective assessment of the work. 

Guidelines for Research Proceedings

Research proceedings are short reports that support communication around work in progress and preliminary evidence from research projects from around the world. Research proceedings will be reviewed by the editors. They should be between 2,000 and 5,000 words in length. Occasionally the editors may accept longer submissions.

Guidelines for Conference Letters

Conference letters are short letters that aim to identify and comment on the main key messages and the new avenues of research emerging from academic events, thus contributing to the identification of open research questions and emerging ideas. Authors may focus mainly on plenary and semi-plenary sessions. Conference letters will be reviewed by the editors. They should be around 2,000 words in length. Occasionally the editors may accept longer submissions.