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In line with the commitment of the World Economics Association, the World Social and 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 Social and 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.

Open validation process

The WorldSocial and 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 WorldSocial and Economic Review (WSER).

Papers submitted to the WSER 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 WSER editors at

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:

Editors of the World Social and Economic Review

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:
Rex McKenzie, UK, Kingston University
Devrim Sakir Yilmaz, UK, Kingston University

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