Review process

The Econometrics Journal facilitates the rapid dissemination of good, new, and fresh ideas in applied and theoretical econometrics by striving to have all submissions

  • assigned to an editor or desk rejected within one week,
  • peer reviewed within three months,
  • revised quickly, by avoiding major revisions, and
  • published online immediately after acceptance.

Initial review

Papers that conform with the submission guidelines are initially reviewed by the managing editor and, possibly, a co-editor. Normally within one week of submission, they are either desk rejected with relatively little comment or assigned to an editor (managing editor or co-editor). The Econometrics Journal adopts this procedure to avoid unnecessarily prolonging the editorial process and taxing the limited resource of referees.

Note that in any stage of the review process, editors can ask authors to submit replication packages for their papers.

Peer review

Papers that are not rejected after initial review are sent out to referees by the handling editor. Referees are instructed that, to be acceptable for publication in The Econometrics Journal, papers must satisfy each of the following criteria:

  • Interest, importance and originality. Articles should be high quality research papers relevant to contemporary econometrics. A primary emphasis is placed on important and original contributions of substantive direct or potential value in applications. Of particular interest are path-breaking articles in econometrics and empirical economics that address leading cases rather than provide an exhaustive treatment.
  • Quality of writing and presentation. Papers should be well written and their material and achievements clearly presented. Papers should make proper and full reference to the extant literature with accurate and appropriate references. The summary and introduction should be accessible to a wide range of readers and should clearly explain the importance and originality of its contribution and its relationship to the literature. Judgement of the quality of writing and presentation is not too concerned with minor linguistic errors likely to be incurred by authors whose first language is not English.
  • Correctness of the theoretical and/or empirical analysis. The correctness of any arguments and claims of the paper are ultimately the responsibility of the author(s). The editor and referees will check both that claims to originality are justified and as far as possible that any theoretical or empirical analysis or arguments of the paper are correct.

The editor normally communicates decisions to reject, accept with minor revisions, or accept papers to their authors within three months. The Econometrics Journal strives to avoid major and multiple revisions.


Revisions of papers for which resubmission has been requested should normally be resubmitted within one month (or, sometimes, three months) from the date of decision. The editorial office of The Econometrics Journal writes to authors whose papers exceed this deadline, inviting resubmission and allowing up to a further three months from decision. It is the policy of The Econometrics Journal to treat the submission of papers that fail to meet this final deadline as new submissions.

Replication packages

Each acceptance by a handling editor is conditional on the submission of a complete, properly documented, and functional replication package, in line with our replication policy. The editorial office of The Econometrics Journal will contact the authors with instructions for providing such a replication package and final versions of the paper and any other supporting information (if they have not done so before). The data editor then checks, with the help of a pool of expert research assistants, the replication package.

Production and publication

Once the replication package is found to be complete, properly documented, and functional, all files are forwarded to the publisher, which immediately publishes the author-supplied final version of the paper online and starts production of the final publication. As soon as the corrected proofs of the paper and the supporting information are ready, they are published online (instead of the author-supplied version) and, not too much later, included in an issue of The Econometrics Journal.