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Conference Guidelines


The World Economics Association facilitates the organization of conferences with a view to support the development of research and to enhance its social nature in an inclusive and pluralistic context. Specific aims include the following.

  1. To bring together on-going research works from contributors all over the world.
  2. To facilitate discussion and interaction on the conference papers by members from a variety of countries, perspectives and cultures.
  3. To encourage members to become involved in research and in discussions around specific    themes.
  4. To support researchers at initial stages of their projects to develop them further by drawing on the expertise of a large number of colleagues from all over the world


All conferences are online. Conferences will have themes which may be suggested by – indeed solicited from – members. The size and scope of conferences vary: some specialized conferences may attract only a few papers; others may have a wider scope and may be subdivided into thematic sessions.

Authors are invited to submit original, unpublished papers that can be at various stages of development including work-in-progress on the empirics and methodology. An abstract should be included (see below, Guidelines for Manuscripts).

As with location-bound conferences, authors are free to submit their papers for publication wherever andnwhenever they wish.

Discussion Forum

To facilitate interaction between conference participants and authors each conference will have a designated Discussion Forum (DF).  The DF is on line and text based. Members are strongly encouraged to comment on papers of interest to them. Whenever possible, conference leaders will also arrange for comments by designated discussants. Authors are expected to reply to comments on their papers. All authors are also strongly encouraged to take part in the Discussion Forum by commenting on other papers.

All papers and comments will be attributed and can be referenced. We hope that this will encourage commentators to make novel points leading to possible development of the research topic. Comments and replies are posted during the Discussion Forum period which lasts normally for four weeks. Leaders in consultation with the Chair of the COC can extend the period to give the papers a fair chance of being commented on. Comments are moderated prior to posting to ensure no libellous or hateful language.


The conference ends at the closing of the Discussion Forum. From then on all papers related to the conference will be stored in the archives. These include the conference call, the accepted papers and the comments.

The publication of the papers may be at the authors’ own initiative. The authors and the conference leaders may also enter into discussion about publication of collection of papers from the conference.

The editors of the WEA journals may offer publication to some conference papers on the basis of their own judgement. They may also consider – in consultation with the conference leaders – a special issue of their journal based on selected papers from the conference.  Other than being part of the WEA, there is no formal or organizational connection between the conferences and the WEA journals.

The conference leaders may also want to consider the publication of an edited volume of all or selected papers from the conference following consultation with the authors. In collaboration with College Publications ( the WEA has recently developed a book series. At this stage the books tend to be edited collections which include the most appropriate papers from a conference.

We ask authors of conference papers to NOTIFY US OF PUBLICATION OF THEIR PAPER so that we can update the archives and encourage visitors to cite the latest/published version of the paper ( We also ask authors to acknowledge, in any relevant publication, that their paper had been part of the WEA conference.


The WEA has established a Conference Organisation Committee whose role is to develop the conference programme and to support the conference leaders in the organization of specific conferences. The organization of each conference will be the responsibility of the Conference Leader(s).

The Conference Committee will have responsibility for:

  • Deciding which conference themes – and related leaders – to accept.
  • Suggesting conference themes and seeking possible leaders.
  • Supporting the leaders in developing the Conference Call.
  • Supporting the leaders in the selection of papers and in the moderation of comments.
  • Support the Conference Leader in seeking contributions of papers and discussions/comments.

The Conference Leaders are responsible for:

  • Writing up the Conference Call with the support of the Chair of the COC.
  • Preparing the publicity/announcement material to be posted on WEA.
  • Soliciting papers.
  • Reviewing submissions, deciding on acceptances and communicating with authors.
  • Inviting possible discussants.
  • Soliciting comments to paper.
  • Moderating comments.
  • Establishing sessions- if the scope of the conference warrants it – and appointing session Chairs.
  • In consultation with authors, deciding on whether to develop edited publications from the conference papers.

The COC will give as much support as possible in all these tasks.

Guidelines for manuscripts

  1. Manuscripts must be in English and the paper must be self-contained. They should not contain libellous or hateful statement. They should be processed in New Times Roman with line spacing 1 and font 12. Notes should be put at the foot of the page. Pages should be numbered consecutively starting with n.1 and the number should be placed at the bottom of the page and centred.
  2. The first page of the manuscript should be formatted as per template in each specific conference. It should contain an abstract of 300-400 words detailed enough to encourage the reader to explore the whole paper.
  3. Empirical material which cannot be easily fitted in the body of the article should be made available in appendices. Whenever full data cannot be easily fitted either in the body of the paper or in the appendices, authors should provide the relevant information for replicating their findings and invite readers to personal contact for fuller information.
  4. Length of papers. We invite contributors to be concise and the papers should not be longer than 8,000 words. The Conference Leaders in consultation with the Chair of the COC reserve the right to demand that a paper is made concise before it is put online in the Discussion Forum.Extensive mathematical derivation and proofs should be put in an appendix if possible and limited to the necessary. The introduction, premises and conclusions should be non mathematical. A non-technical summary should be provided.
  5. Extensive mathematical derivation and proofs should be put in an appendix if possible and limited to the necessary. The introduction, premises and conclusions should be non mathematical. A non-technical summary should be provided.
  6. The author(s) must disclose in a footnote any personal or professional links they may have with the industry/companies/institutions they are writing about or declare that there are none. Failure to disclose any material conflict of interest may result in temporary or permanent exclusion from WEA journals and – in cases of serious or repeated infringement – in exclusion from the World Economics Association.
  7. Citations in the text should use the Harvard System of short referencing (e.g. Smith, 1986, 10-11; Brown 1993a). A full list of references should be given at the end of the articles in the following style:
    Balassa, B., 1974, ‘Trade creation and trade-diversion in the European Common Market’, Manchester School, 92 (2), 93–135.
    Baran, P.A. and Sweezy, P.M., 1966a, Monopoly Capital: An Essay on the American Economic and Social Order (1968 edition), Harmondsworth: Penguin.
    United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), 2010, World Investment Report 2010: Investing in a Low-Carbon Economy, Geneva: United Nations.

Book Stalls

Each conference will have Book Stalls in which individual members can advertise their conference-related books for a fee of £10. Conference leaders and authors of accepted papers for the conference will have their conference-related books advertised free of charge. Please send the following to the conference organiser:

  • high resolution image of the book cover (preferably JPEG format)
  • A URL of the preferred place where the book can be bought

Please pay at:


At the end of the conference the call, papers, and comments will be stored in the WEA archives and are open access ( Whenever a paper is published we shall give the reference to the published version and withdraw the earlier version. Papers and comments can also be withdrawn at the request of their authors.  The Book Stalls will also remain part of the conference archive.