American Economic Review: Insights

ISSN 2640-205X (Print) | ISSN 2640-2068 (Online)

Accepted Article Guidelines

Instructions for Preparation of Accepted Manuscripts

Please review these guidelines thoroughly before preparing and uploading your manuscript files, supplemental materials, and required documents (see checklist). All materials, with the exception of data and code, are uploaded through ScholarOne Manuscripts.

When preparing manuscripts, authors should follow the Chicago Manual of Style and the AER: Insights Style Guide.

Manuscript PDF

The manuscript PDF should include the main text, exhibits, references, and appendices. Manuscripts should not include a title page. Title and byline should be placed at the top of the first page.

Manuscript Word Count PDF

Manuscripts without exhibits may not exceed 7,000 words.  Each exhibit reduces the maximum allowance by 200 words (e.g., a manuscript with five exhibits has a maximum of 6,000 words). The maximum number of exhibits (figures or tables) is five.

The PDF used for the word count should include only the main body of the text, footnotes, and endnotes.  This modified "word count PDF" should exclude the title, author names, abstract, acknowledgement footnote, reference list, and exhibits. Other than these exclusions, the word count PDF should be identical to the submitted manuscript.  The word count and the word count PDF will be required upon submission.

Obtain a word count by uploading the word count PDF to  Manuscripts that exceed the limit will not be reviewed and will instead be summarily returned to the authors for them to comply with the length limits.

Manuscript Native Files

Authors must provide the native files used to create the manuscript PDF.  AEA templates may be used for LaTeX, Scientific Word, and Microsoft Word. 

Data and Code

Authors of conditionally accepted papers that contain empirical work, simulations, or experimental work must provide information about the data, programs, and other details of the computations sufficient to permit replication, as well as information about access to data and programs.  Data and programs should be archived in the AEA Data and Code Repository.

As part of the archive, authors must provide a README file listing all included files and documenting the purpose, format, and provenance of each file provided, as well as instructing a user on how replication can be conducted.

See the Data and Code Availability Policy for details.

Data and Code: Related Documents

Authors must provide a signed Data and Code Availability Form with the final manuscript files. In addition, each (co)author must submit a separate, signed Data and Code Archive Agreement.

Author Disclosure Statements

Each (co)author must submit an individual disclosure statement (in PDF format) including the paper title and the author's name at the top. Statements must acknowledge (i) funding sources; (ii) any other potential conflict of interest; and (iii) IRB approval, if applicable. If there is nothing to disclose, an author is still required to supply a disclosure statement formally making that claim.

See the full AEA Disclosure Policy for details and guidance.

Supplemental Appendix

Authors may submit a Supplemental Appendix that contains material such as nonessential extensions, nonessential alternative specifications or robustness checks, and additional discussion that will be of interest to those pursuing work in the area.

The Supplemental Appendix must be provided as a separate PDF and should include a heading that begins with "Supplemental Appendix," followed by the manuscript title and the names of the authors.  Supplemental appendices are posted under "Additional Materials" and are not edited or typeset.

Presentation Slides

Authors may supply optional presentation slides as a separate, clearly labeled PDF.  Presentation slides are posted under "Additional Materials."

Publication Agreements 

When authors fulfill all requirements of conditional acceptance, they will receive a Publication Agreement.  Each (co)author must submit a separate, signed agreement and specify whether implicit or explicit reprint rights are preferred.