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Author Guidelines

1. Submission or processing fees

Authors are not charged submission or processing fees.

2. Copyright Notice

Authors submitting articles to Latin American Economic Review (LAER), automatically grant this journal a license to publish. Copyright of all published material remains with the authors, who can reuse it in future work without needing to make reference to LAER. Similarly, any other contribution of material to the website (for example text, photographs, graphics, video or audio) automatically grants us a right to publish. Copyright, however, remains with the author(s).

Authors release their work under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). This license allows anyone to copy, distribute and transmit the work, provided the use has no derivatives, is non-commercial and appropriate credit to the author(s) is given. (If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you may not distribute the modified material.)

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3. Peer Review

LAER operates a single-blind review process, i.e., authors' identity will be disclosed to the reviewer(s); however, the reviewers will remain anonymous. All contributions will be initially assessed by a co-editor or an associate editor for suitability for the journal. Papers deemed suitable are then typically sent to one or more independent expert reviewers to assess the scientific quality of the paper. The co-editor is responsible for the final decision regarding acceptance or rejection of articles. The Editorial decision is final.

4. Types of Contributions

LAER only accepts regular submissions as Full Length Research Articles, which are original, high-quality, research papers presenting novel scientific findings. Manuscripts are peer-reviewed. Manuscripts published are open access free of charge.

LAER Editors follow COPE Code of Conduct for Journal Editors. More information at

5. New Submission: Your Paper, Your Way

LAER wants to make the submission process simpler by using Your Paper, Your Way (YPYW) since 2020. YPYW is an easier submission process, focusing on the quality of the manuscript and only requiring elements needed for eventual production at the final stage. Submission must consist of only two files: the original manuscript (PDF only) and a cover letter (PDF only).

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Further considerations:

  • Authors must submit their manuscript (text, figures and tables) as a single PDF file. The LAER portal (OJS) does not accept any other file formats.
  • Figures should be of high enough resolution for reviewing.
  • Manuscripts must be written in English.
  • Manuscript has been 'spell checked' and 'grammar checked'.
  • All references mentioned in the Reference List are cited in the text, and vice versa.
  • Permission has been obtained for use of copyrighted material from other sources (including the Internet).
  • A competing interests statement is provided, even if the authors have no competing interests to declare.
  • Authors' contributions, Funding, Availability of data and materials, Ethics approval and consent to participate must be provided.

Submission of a manuscript must be accompanied by a cover letter that addresses the following questions:

  • What is the novelty of this work?
  • Is the paper appealing to a popular or scientific audience?
  • Why the authors think the paper is important and why the journal should publish it?
  • Are you available as a reviewer for LAER?

The first page of the manuscript file is the title page (please do not submit separate files for the title page and the main text) that must include:

  • Title. Concise and informative. Titles are often used in information-retrieval systems. Avoid abbreviations and formulae where possible.
  • Author names and affiliations. Please clearly indicate the given name(s) and family name(s) of all authors and check that all names are accurately spelled. Indicate all affiliations immediately after each author's name. Provide the e-mail address of each author. Author names must be given in alphabetical order (if otherwise, please state the reason in the cover letter).
  • Corresponding author. Clearly indicate who will handle correspondence at all stages of refereeing and publication, also post-publication. Ensure that the e-mail address is given and that contact details are kept up to date by the corresponding author.
  • Abstract. An abstract highlighting the main contribution of the submitted paper must appear on the title page. The abstract should not be more than 150 words. Providing keywords and JEL codes is optional at this stage.
  • See the SAMPLE submission file.

6. Submission of Revised Manuscript

If a revision is requested by the editors, the authors must submit

  1. A cover letter in PDF format,
  2. The revised manuscript in PDF format (adhering to the same guidelines for the initial submission),
  3. A (single) detailed letter addressing all points raised by all the reviewers of the manuscript.

7. Submission of Accepted Manuscript

Final Accepted Manuscript for publication must be submitted by the corresponding author complying with the following standards:

  • The authors of accepted papers must submit the text as LaTeX or Microsoft Word file. LaTeX is the preferred file format for copyediting. All figures must be submitted in Encapsulated Postscript (EPS) format, each one as a separate file.
  • Use 11pt Times or Computer Modern fonts.
  • The manuscript must be 1.5 spaced with 1-inche margins on all sides.
  • Have Sections and Subsections numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals (as in section 1 and subsection 1.2). Section headings should be align left and in bold 12pt type.
  • Include figures, and tables should within the body manuscript in the correct place. Figures should be of high resolution for reading.

Detailed considerations:

  1. First page at the first includes, paper title, author names and affiliations, clearly indicating corresponding author, abstract, keywords and JEL Classifications.
  2. Abstract. A concise and factual abstract of no more than 150 words is required. The abstract should state briefly the purpose of the research, the principal results and major conclusions. An abstract is often presented separately from the article, so it must be able to stand alone. For this reason, References should be avoided, but if essential, then cite the author(s) and year(s). Also, non-standard or uncommon abbreviations should be avoided, but if essential they must be defined at their first mention in the abstract itself.
  3. Keywords. Immediately after the abstract, provide a maximum of 4 keywords, using American spelling and avoiding general and plural terms and multiple concepts (avoid, for example, 'and', 'of'). Be sparing with abbreviations: only abbreviations firmly established in the field may be eligible. These keywords will be used for indexing purposes.
  4. JEL Classification. Immediately after the keywords, provide a maximum of 3 JEL codes.
  5. References. Authors are encouraged to check previous publications to follow same reference style at . Where applicable, author(s) name(s), journal title/book title, chapter title/article title, year of publication, volume number/book chapter and the article number or pagination must be present. Use of DOI is highly encouraged. Web references, as a minimum, the full URL should be given and the date when the reference was last accessed. If the original source file is in LaTeX, please use BibTeX for referencing, and submit the Bib file.
  6. Formatting requirements. Authors are encouraged to check previous LAER publications to follow same formatting style at . All manuscripts must contain the essential elements needed to convey your manuscript, for example Abstract, Keywords, JEL Classification, Introduction, Literature review, Model, Data and empirical strategy, Results, Conclusions, Artwork and Tables with Captions. Divide the article into clearly defined sections.
  7. Figures and tables embedded in text. Please ensure the figures and the tables included in the single file are placed next to the relevant text in the manuscript, rather than at the bottom or the top of the file. The corresponding caption should be placed directly below the figure or table.
  8. Acknowledgements. Collate acknowledgements in a separate section at the end of the article before the references and do not, therefore, include them on the title page, as a footnote to the title or otherwise. List here those individuals who provided help during the research (e.g., providing language help, writing assistance or proof reading the article, etc.).
  9. Nomenclature and units. Follow internationally accepted rules and conventions: use the international system of units (SI). If other quantities are mentioned, give their equivalent in SI.
  10. Math formulae. Please submit math equations as editable text and not as images. Present simple formulae in line with normal text where possible and use the solidus (/) instead of a horizontal line for small fractional terms, e.g., X/Y. In principle, variables are to be presented in italics. Powers of e are often more conveniently denoted by exp. Number consecutively any equations that have to be displayed separately from the text (if referred to explicitly in the text).
  11. Footnotes. Footnotes should be used sparingly. Number them consecutively throughout the article. Many word processors build footnotes into the text, and this feature must be used.
  12. Artwork. General points:
    • Make sure you use uniform lettering and sizing of your original artwork.
    • Number the illustrations according to their sequence in the text.
    • Use a logical naming convention for your artwork files.

No corrections are possible once a manuscript is published: Make sure everything is correct with both your manuscript and metadata as you submit a final manuscript.

Finally, please restrict yourself to no more than two submissions (including coauthored papers) per year. Submissions in excess of this will be declined without further review.

Submission Preparation Checklist

All submissions must meet the following requirements.

  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it under review in another academic journal.
  • Submission consists of only two files: a manuscript along with a cover letter, both in PDF format. The LAER platform (OJS) does not accept any other formats for the initial submission.

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