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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 submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • To ensure a blind submission, all identifying markers have been removed from the main submission file.
  • A separate cover page file has been prepared, including the title of the paper and the authors' names and affiliations.
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.

Author Guidelines

In general, papers should fall between 4,000 and 9,000 words unless there is special justification for greater length (for example, a number of essential tables or graphs). Notes and review articles, generally, should not exceed 3,000 words, including footnotes, references and illustrative material. All contributions should be original and should not have been published elsewhere, nor be simultaneously submitted for publication elsewhere. Microsoft word is the preferred format for submissions. 

 Preparation of Manuscripts
1. If, at any stage, you have problems submitting your file, please contact:- Postal address: Darragh Flannery, Editor, ESR, Department of Economics, Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick, Ireland

2. To permit anonymity in refereeing, a cover page should be submitted separately from the paper, listing authorship and affiliation. Only the title of the paper should appear on the manuscript (including in the name of the file(s) submitted). Acknowledgements and information concerning grants received should be given on the cover page and not included in the numbering of footnotes. An asterisk instead of a footnote number should be used for this purpose.

3. An abstract (not exceeding 100 words) should be provided, in which the author sets out the significance of the contribution, together with the main conclusions, in a way which will be broadly intelligible to the nonspecialist reader.

4. Footnote numbering should be continuous throughout the text, not page by page. Footnotes may be typed on an separate sheet from the text. Where possible, footnotes should be incorporated in the text, e.g., as follows "(See Smyth (1957) for further significant criticisms)".

5. All tables should be titled, numbered consecutively in arabic numerals and be self-explanatory without reference to the text. They may be typed separately with the location indicated in the text. The same applies to all Charts and Figures.

6. Graphs should be of sufficient quality to permit reproduction.

7. Important equations should be numbered consecutively throughout, on the right-hand side of the page. The numbers of equations should be placed in parentheses.

8. Mathematical notation should not incorporate the same character for both superscripts and subscripts. Capital letters should be avoided for this purpose.

9. References should be placed in alphabetical order at the end of the text. They should appear in the following format: (N.B. First name initials for authors will suffice)

Books: CHUBB, BASIL, 1982. The Government and Politics of Ireland, 2nd Edition, London: Longman.

Contributions to collective works:
STANTON, RICHARD, 1979. "Foreign Investment and Host Country Politics: The Irish Case", in D. Seers, B. Schaffer and M-L. Kiljunen (eds.), Underdeveloped Europe: Studies in Care-Periphery Relations, Sussex: The Harvester Press, pp.103-124.

Periodicals: PURVIS, DOUGLAS D., 1982. "Exchange Rates: Real and Monetary Factors", The Economic and Social Review, Vol. 13, No.4, pp. 303-314.

10. Journal Titles should not be abbreviated. References to publications in the text should take one of two forms: (i) where the author is named in the text, the year of publication and other details should be given in parentheses, e.g. "Walsh (1981, p. 36) claimed that ... "; (ii) where the author's name is not in the text, it should also be included in parentheses, e.g., "It has been shown (Geary, 1927, p. 197) that ... ". Dates in the text should correspond with those in the reference section.

11. Authors are expected to correct proofs expeditiously and are fully responsible for the accuracy of the material. The typescript finally accepted for publication must be regarded as definitive and subsequent corrections should be restricted to printer's errors. Any alterations at this stage may be made only with the agreement of the editors, the editors reserve the right to charge the authors for alterations made in proof.

Policy Section Articles

  • The Irish economy is facing huge challenges. It is likely that the current recession will be as deep as any experienced in the developed world since the 1930s. The social implications, in areas such as unemployment and public service provision, are likely to be immense.
  • Given this situation, it is clear that academics in Ireland working in the areas of economics, sociology and other social sciences need to contribute to solving Ireland’s difficulties by providing high quality policy analysis and prescriptions. In this context, Ireland’s leading academic journal for economics and applied social science is announcing an important new initiative.
  • Since its establishment in 1970, the Economic and Social Review has published original academic research, much of which was relevant to policy. However, starting with the latest issue of the journal, the Review will now also publish papers that focus to a greater degree on the implications of research findings for policy issues.
  • The need for a forum for academic debate on policy issues has long been recognised in other countries. In the US, there is a wide range of different publications that meet this need, such as the Brookings Papers on Economic Activity. For the UK, there is also a range of such publications, such as the Oxford Review of Economic Policy.
  • During our first year of policy editions, we have published papers on banking, on various aspects of fiscal policy including carbon and property taxes, as well as other topical issues such as negative equity and public-private sector pay differentials.

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