Submission fee policy


The Economic Journal introduced a submission fee in Autumn 2019 to account for increased operational costs and to continue to provide a timely, high-quality editorial service to submitting authors. The full rationale for the introduction of submission fees is provided on the website.

Terms & Conditions

Authors submitting to The Economic Journal are required to pay a submission fee for each new submission. Royal Economic Society members can benefit from a reduced submission fee. Submission fees will be calculated according to the submitting author’s membership status and membership category. All submission fees are subject to VAT at 20%. Based on independent advice, the journal considers the submission fee as a business to consumer (B2C) transaction and therefore the transaction is exempt from reverse charge VAT. 

Submissions that are desk rejected (not sent to external referees) will be subject to the same submission fee. Resubmissions will not be subject to a fee. Refunds will not apply, except if a genuine error has been found to occur during payment. We strongly encourage payment by credit/debit card, if your chosen payment method is via invoice or cheque and we have not received your submission fee within 21 days, we reserve the right to remove your submission.

RES Membership and Submission Fee schedule

All submission fees are subject to VAT at 20%. 

RES membership categories

2022 RES membership rates

Current Submission Fees

Tier A: Online-only (1 year)


Non- member


Tier A: Online-only (3 years) 


Tier A member


Tier B: Online-only (1 year) 


Student member


Tier B: Online-only (3 years) 


Unemployed member


Tier C: Online-only (1 year)


Tier B, C & D members


Tier C: Online-only (3 years) 



Tier D: Online-only (1 year)


Tier D: Online-only (3 years) £288 

Student/ Unemployed: Online-only (1 year) 



Student// Unemployed: Online-only (3 years) 



For full information on membership rates (including print and online) please consult this page.

You will be prompted to pay your submission fee at the end of the submission process. Please consult the Journal’s Author Guidelines prior to submitting.