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In line with the commitment of the World Economics Association, the World Economic Review aims to promote economics’ engagement with the real world so as to confront, explain, and make tractable economic phenomena.

Call for papers

Papers submitted to the World Economic Review will be vetted by the editors. Those that meet minimum standards of professional quality will be posted on the journal’s Discussion Forum in order to solicit comments and discussions.

Click here to visit the WER OPD discussion forum

The following Open Peer Discussion (OPD) validation system will be applied.

Open validation process

The World Economics Association is committed to openness in research and publication. Moreover, it wishes to enhance the social and cooperative nature of research. To these ends, the following validation procedure will be implemented for the World Economic Review (WER).

Papers submitted to the WER will be vetted by the editors. Those that meet minimum standards of professional quality and are in accordance with these guidelines will be posted on the journal’s Discussion Forum in order to solicit comments and discussions.

Please direct submissions to the WER editors at The following Open Peer Discussion (OPD) validation system will then be applied.

  1. The paper is posted on the Discussion Forum with the name of the author.
  2. Comments are invited from the membership as well as solicited from experts in the field. Names of possible commentators may also be suggested by the authors. The comments are screened by the editors and then posted with the name of the commentator. At the request of the commentator the comments may be posted anonymously.
  3. The authors are encouraged to respond to the commentators and their response will be posted.
  4. All members of the World Economics Association can participate in the discussion forum and the comments are accessible to all members.

On the basis of comments and reviews obtained during the OPD, editors reach their decision on the acceptance of the submitted papers. If a paper is accepted, the authors are invited to review it for publication. At least two editors will be involved in the decision to publish or reject.
The authors are expected to acknowledge the comments in the redraft of their papers.
Selected important comments will be published at the end of the paper with prior agreement from the commentators.
It is expected that authors will contribute to the Discussion Forum on other papers posted which fall within their field of expertise.

Post-publication commentary

Publication is only a stage in the life of a piece of research. Hopefully, most papers will be read by researchers and some will be considered by some reader for further developments. If the developments are substantial they may lead to new papers. However, there may be many readers who want to make limited yet important points. In the interest of the progress of research and to enhance its social nature the journals will offer the opportunity for these comments to be published with attribution. A Post-publication Commentary section will be open on the Journal. Post- publication comments should be sent to the editors who will decide whether to post them or not.

Guidelines for the manuscripts

Please format your article along the lines suggested below. Please let us know if you have any questions and where an issue is not covered, the most important rule is consistency. Note that the instructions are written as if the author is using Word. This is not required and adjustments will be made as necessary.

  1. We invite contributors to be concise. Papers should not be longer than 10,000 words, unless more space is really needed to make the main points. The Editors may ask that a paper is made concise before it is put online in the Discussion Forum.
  2. The first page should be devoted to: title; name of author(s) with notes on their affiliation and on acknowledgements; an abstract; and key words (up to 6). The abstract should point out the following: the specific questions/problems the paper addresses; how it links to existing literature; its novelty; the methodology and data used and its conclusions.
  3. Title: Centered, bold, capitalize the principal and longer words and lowercase the minor, shorter words.
  4. Authors: Centered
  5. Abstract: Single spaced, double indented an extra (beyond Word default) 1.0 cm (0.4 inch) left and right, 200 word limit.
  6. The second page will begin the text of the paper.
  7. If not stated otherwise, please use Times New Roman, font 12, and full justification. Space lines at 1.5 adn do not indent paragraphs but instead skip a line before them. Use Word default for margins.
  8. Footnote: Use footnotes, not endnotes. Font 10, single spaced.
  9. Inner headlines: Number consecutively, bold, and capitalize only first word and names.
  10. References: single spaced, hanging indent.
  11. Page number at the bottom of the page, centred.
  12. Unless there is a specific reason not to do so, all tables, figures, and graphs should be in the main text and not an appendix. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. The author(s) must disclose in a footnote on page one 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.
  15. The author(s) affirm that their paper or a materially very similar paper has not been previously published in a monograph or scholarly journal, that it is not currently under review at another journal and will not be submitted to another journal until the editors have reached a decision on publishing it or until three months after it has been submitted, whichever comes first.
  16. Citations in the text should use the Harvard System of short referencing (e.g. Smith 1986, pp.10-11; Brown 1993a). A full list of references should be given at the end of the articles in the following style with hyperlinks wherever useful and possible. For a review of the Harvard system, see:

Guidelines for commentators

Comments are welcome and solicited. Critical comments are seen as part of a rigorous research process and a help to the development of research. Comments will be considered by the editors before posting on theDiscussion Forum. The editors will check that:

The commentators must disclose whether they are linked to the author(s) of the articles by other than normal professional ties and whether they have a special interest in the industry/firm/institution they are commenting on. Failure to disclose any conflict of interest may result in the temporary or permanent exclusion from active participation in the Discussion Forum and – in cases of serious or repeated infringement – in exclusion from the World Economics Association.


At the end of each Discussion Forum the authors of non-published papers will have the opportunity of having their papers – and related comments – stored in the WEA archives. Commentators will be consulted on whether they would like their comments stored in the archives alongside the paper they have commented on.
The World Economics Association may amend these Guidelines on the basis of the experience in running its journals and following consultation with the editors.

Editors of the World Economic Review

Norbert Häring, Germany, Handelsblatt:
Jayati Ghosh, India, Jawaharlal Nehru University:
John Weeks, UK, University of London:
Susan Feiner, USA, University of Southern Maine:
Esteban Perez Caldentey, Chile, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean:

Board of Editors

Dean Baker, USA, Center for Economic and Policy Research
C. P. Chandrasekhar, India, Jawaharlal Nehru University
Ha-Joon Chang, Korea, Cambridge University
Ping Chen, China, Peking University and Fudan University
Fantu Cheru, Ethiopia, Nordic Africa Institute, Research Director
Herman E Daly, USA, University of Maryland
Paul Davidson, USA, Journal of Post Keynesian Economics
Heiner Flassbeck, Switzerland, UNCTAD
Roberto Frenkel, Argentina, Universidad de Buenos Aires
James Galbraith, USA, University of Texas at Austin
Stephany Griffith-Jones, USA, Columbia University
Geoffrey Hodgson, UK, University of Hertfordshire
Ali Kadri, Lebanon, United Nations and London School of Economics
Steve Keen, Australia, University of Western Sydney
Richard C. Koo, Japan, Nomura Research Institute
Dic Lo, China, Renmin University of China and University of London
Frédéric Lordon, France, CNRS, CESSP, Université La Sorbonne
Thandika Mkandawire, Malawi, London School of Economics
Juan Carlos Moreno-Brid, Mexico, UN Economic Com. for Latin America and the Caribbean
Keith Nurse, Barbados, University of the West Indies
Rajah Rasiah, Malaysia, University of Malaya
Dani Rodrik, USA, Harvard University
Michael Hudson, USA, University of Missouri at Kansas City