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Submission Preparation Checklist

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 prepared submission follows the Guidelines for Authors of IREE, especially the General Instructions, the Guidelines for Manuscripts, and the specific Guidelines for Replication Studies as listed below.

Author Guidelines

All papers, comments, figures and other material published in this journal are copyrighted by the author(s) and, unless otherwise noted, are licensed under a Creative Commons License.
The use of papers published is licensed under the »Creative Commons License - Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0).
By submitting a paper, authors implicitly accept the authors´ contract as set out below.


General Instructions

  1. The submitted manuscripts or substantial parts of them must not been formally published in any other peer-reviewed journal and must not under consideration by any other journal.
  2. All authors ensure that they have furnished a substantial contribution to the paper and that they are in agreement with form and contents of the manuscript. Corresponding authors confirm that they hold the copyrights to their articles as well as to the text and illustrations attached therein in the authors´ contract.
  3. Information about the source for figures, tables, pictures etc. should be given in the captions.
  4. For copyrighted material authors must obtain a written permission from the copyright(s) holder(s) and submit with the manuscript.
  5. The authors of articles published by IREE grant IREE the right to store the articles in its databases for an unlimited period of time and to distribute and reproduce the articles electronically. The authors retain all remaining exploitation rights to their articles, subject to the condition that any further use of the articles shall make reference to their original publication in IREE ("originally published in IREE").
  6. Authors should indicate in the title page, whether the research reported in their paper was the result of a for-pay consulting relationship or if they or their employer has a financial interest in the topic of the paper which might constitute a conflict of interest.
  7. Supplementary material, such as data sets, programming code and log files (see our »Data Availability Policy and Guidelines for submissions by sections below) must be submitted to the ZBW Journal Data Archive (JDA). After uploading your manuscript to OJS you will receive an email to register for JDA. Please follow the instructions sent with this mail.
  8. Articles should be clear, concise, well organized, and written in English, with correct spelling and good sentence structure. Authors are responsible for the use of correct English.
  9. Articles should be submitted electronically to our OJS system. Datasets, programming and log files should be submitted to the ZBW Journal Data Archive. Starting in OJS you will be guided through the submission and uploading process for your manuscript and material.


Guidelines for Manuscripts

  1. In general, manuscripts (except pure replications, see here) should not exceed 40 pages (1.5 line spacing, 12 point font size) including tables, figures, references and appendices and should be self-contained.
  2. If possible, please use LaTeX to prepare your manuscript. Manuscripts should be submitted both as PDF and LaTex or Word document.
  3. The title page of the manuscript must contain each author’s name with corresponding information, and the title of the article, complemented by JEL classification numbers and keywords. Acknowledgments and information on grants received should be presented at the end of the text. Footnotes in the paper should be numbered consecutively.
  4. Additionally, an anonymised version of your manuscript must be submitted.
  5. The reference list should appear at the end of the text, with hyperlinks to full-text papers on the Web and DOIs. Issue numbers should be provided for all journals cited in the references. In the text, references should appear as follows: "North (1995: 29–35) finds that ..." In the literature (Alesina and Gulli 1993: 95; OECD 2000: Chapter B; Rogoff 1985a, 1985b; Stern et al. 1976) it has been shown ..." For the sake of brevity, "et al." should be used when referring to more than two authors. Names and dates in the text should correspond strictly to the list of references.
  6. Please provide all your references with DOIs when available.
  7. Displayed formulas should be numbered consecutively on the right as (1), (2), etc. All characters should be defined and used unambiguously. Standard italicization should be used. When referring to formulas in the text, only numbers in parentheses should be used, for example, (1). At the beginning of sentences, numbers in parentheses should be preceded by the word "equation", for example, Equation (1).
  8. Tables should be of a reasonable number and size. Columns should be clearly designed and explanations should be given in footnotes using letters below the table body. Only the first word in each column heading and in each entry of the stub column should be capitalized. Titles should be formatted above the tables as follows: Table 1: Real GNP in Germany, 1980–1992 (millions of US dollars)
  9. Figures should be complete and clearly drawn. Special care should be taken to ensure that lettering and symbols are of a comparable size and readable. When labeling, initial capitalization should be used. Figures should not be overloaded with information.

Guidelines for Replication Studies

  1. Replication studies considered for IREE should replicate original paper which are published in a peer-reviewed journal.
  2. The manuscript of scientific replications should include an abstract of no more than 150 words.
  3. Submitted manuscripts of pure reproductions should be conceptualized as a note and must not exceed 150 words. Notes on pure reproductions do not contain an abstract (see Wagner 2017 as an example).
  4. In case the replication (both pure reproductions and scientific replications) fails to reproduce the findings of the original study a short discussion about possible reasons should be included in the manuscript/note.
  5. Submissions in this section always consists of
    1) the manuscript,
    2) the program code (e.g. Stata do-file) - please write your programming in a single file,
    3) the log-file, and
    4) the data used for the replication.
  6. Whenever possible the data used must be submitted. In case of restricted data you must provide a detailed guide for the access to the data so that readers based on your description are able to access these data as well. The data files and programs can be provided in any format using any statistical package or software.
  7. Please submit the manuscript both as PDF and LaTex or Word document to our OJS system. The data files and programs submitted to the ZBW Journal Data Archive (JDA) can be provided in any format using any statistical package or software (please see the General Instructions).
  8. The program code must be instantly useable for readers starting with the raw data. Only if the program code allows the immediate replication of your results your submission can be considered for publication.
  9. The submitted program code should start from the raw data as publicly available and end with your presented results. This also includes that any applied packages must be installed by running your program code (e.g. for STATA: your code must include ‘ssc install [packagename]’ for any package you used). Also, the log-file must show the results of all steps of you analysis - from the raw data to the results.

Author's Contract

In submitting papers to economics the authors certify that:
They are authorized by their co-authors to enter into the following arrangements.
They warrant, on behalf of themselves and their co-authors, that:

  • the article is original, has not been formally published in any other peer-reviewed journal, is not under consideration by any other journal and does not infringe upon any existing copyright or any other third party rights;
  • they are the sole authors of the article and have full authority to enter into this agreement and in granting rights to economics are not in breach of any other obligation. If the law requires that the paper be published in the public domain, they will notify IREE at the time of submission.
  • the article contains nothing that is unlawful, libelous, or which would, if published, constitute a breach of contract or of confidence or of commitment given to secrecy; they have taken due care to ensure the integrity of the article. To their best—and currently accepted scientific—knowledge all statements contained in it purporting to be facts are true and any formula or instruction contained in the article will not, if followed accurately, cause any injury, illness or damage to the user.

The authors agree that their papers may be published by IREE under a »Creative Commons License - Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0).

Replication Studies

Replications of original micro-data based economic studies are the core of this section. The aim of replications is to verify the robustness of single empirical findings. Articles in this sections may be re-analyses of the original data and programming (pure reproduction) or re-analyses of the original research question with data for e.g. different regions, and extensions of the original research question (scientific replication). The re-analyzed original studies should already have been published in a peer reviewed journal (listed in Scopus or Web of Science). Published articles in this section must be instantly reproducible based on the submitted material by the authors.
Authors of the original work have the opportunity to comment the replication study during the review procedure.

no longer available

Publications in this section may include meta-analyses and synthesizing literature reviews of micro-data based topics.
In this section IREE aims to remove barriers for a continuous review of progresses in micro-data based economic research. Therefore, original data of published meta-analyses will be provided to other researchers to encourage easy extensions of meta-analyses i.e. by adding new or unconsidered studies.

no longer avialable

Research papers which deal with replication methods and the development of standards for replications are published in this section. We also invite researchers from other disciplines to submit their articles in this section in order to support the knowledge transfer between economics and other disciplines regarding replication techniques.

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