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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).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • 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, which is found in About the Journal.

Author Guidelines

DPIBE welcomes contributions from researchers at all stages of their careers as well as graduate students. Especially relevant for DPIBE are thought pieces by business economists and applied economists; for graduate students academic work along the lines of a fully developed term paper or a condensed version of a thesis submission are two possible sources for submissions.

Authors are encouraged to submit their work electronically either after registering as an author with this site or as an email attachment to the Editor at

Submissions should be in Word or a compatible format. All submisisons are assumed to be original work that has not previously been published.

Authors should not submit work to DPIBE that is currently being considered for publication at another journal.

Style of Submission:

The journal is meant to be for a wide audience with some training in economics; therefore, submissions must be in the format of a paper more concise than a regular academic journal article. Key elements in all submissions should be:

  • clarity of argument supported by relevant economic theory
  • empirical and theoretical components of the paper that are clearly explained and motivated
  • figures and diagrams should be relevent and explained

The length of submissions should not exceed 2000 words unless specifically justified.

Footnotes and References:

Authors must make an effort to reference other academic articles in the economics literature that are relevant to the article. However, given the short length of the articles in DPIBE, these should be kept at a minimum. Similarly, authors should employ footnotes judiciously. All references given should be carefully checked and cited in a reference list at the end of the article as well as in-text according to the Harvard citation methodology.

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