Submissions to the Revista de Economía Crítica are made using Open Journal Systems (OJS), the online submission and peer review system. Registration and access is available at
Anyone who submits a manuscript for publication in REVISTA DE ECONOMIA CRITICA (REC) must previously verify that the text to be sent conforms strictly to the following norms:
1. Manuscripts should be written in Spanish or English.
2. The journal accepts four types of work:
- Articles: they are original and developed theoretical or empirical research works. Periodically, call for papers of special issues are published. Articles must specify if their submission belongs to any special issue.
- Debates: they consist of brief texts that discuss a recent economic issue or event which is of special interest for political economics.
- Classic or Forgotten Authors
- Book reviews of interest for heterodox economic thinking. Between 1,000-2,000 words.
3. Manuscripts cannot have been previously published and should not be under consideration in any other journal while they are being considered for publication in REVISTA DE ECONOMIA CRITICA (REC). As an exception, and for reasons of scientific interest or diffusion of outstanding contributions, the Editorial Team may decide to publish and/or translate an already published text, as it is the case of Classic or Forgotten Authors Section.
4. Manuscripts should be uploaded in Step 2. Manuscripts are sent in Reach Text Format (rtf), OpenOffice Writer (odt) or Microsoft Word (doc) format through the journal’s website. The journal will not accept manuscripts sent by any other method or in any other format and will not maintain correspondence about them.
5. Articles will be sent have a maximum length of 9,000 words, including references, annex, footnotes and title and excluding abstract, keywords, graphs and tables.
The text format should conform to the following rules:
- Font type and size: Arial 11.
- Text should be justified and double spaced, except footnotes.
- Footnotes should be numbered consecutively and situated at the bottom of the corresponding page, not at the end of the manuscript. It is strongly recommended to reduce their number as much as possible and to use them for clarifying and explanatory purposes, not for bibliographical reference.
- Pages should be numbered at the bottom starting from number 1, and beginning with the page where the abstract is (the coversheet with the information about the author/s should not be numbered).
- Sections of the manuscript should be numbered and entitled in small letters and bold.
- Avoid multiple carriage returns between paragraphs as well as between the titles of the different parts of an article and the next or previous paragraph.
- Math formulas will be numbered when the author considers it appropriate, with Arabic numbers, in square brackets to the right of them.
- To highlight a word or phrase, it should be in italics, not in bold. Likewise, if any term is expressed in English or another language other than Spanish, it must be in italics.
6. All non-textual elements (tables, figures, maps, graphs, illustrations, etc.) should appear in the corresponding place in the text. They will be numbered and entitled; its source should be specified below them, and there should be an explicit mention of each one in the main text. Graphs should also be delivered separately in OpenOffice Calc (ods) or Microsoft Excel (xls).
7. After uploading the document in Step 2 of the submission, in step 3 the author(s) should add a title, an abstract in Spanish and English and a maximum of 5 keywords, in Spanish and English. Maximum is 500 words in total (including abstracts in both languages and keywords). This information must also appear at the beginning of the anonymized manuscript. Authors must supply a structured abstract in their submission, set out under 4-7 sub-headings: purpose (mandatory), design/methodology/approach (mandatory), findings (mandatory), research limitations/implications (if applicable), practical implications (if applicable), social implications (if applicable), and originality/value (mandatory).
8. Also in step 3 you must fill in the metadata on the platform including all authors, using the "Add author" button for articles by more than one author. It is essential that all authors be added at this point. The inclusion of new authors will not be accepted after the first submission. Each author should also add:
- Institutional affiliation: university or centre, department or unit, city and country.
- Email address: All correspondence will be sent to this email address. In the case of articles of multiple authorship, the person who will maintain correspondence with the journal must be specified, checking the box "main contact for editorial correspondence".
- ORCID Identification: If not available, REC recommends that authors register at http://orcid.org/ to obtain an ORCID identification number.
- A brief biographical note (maximum 150 words) in which the author’s highest degrees obtained (and from which university), current position and main lines of research are specified. REVISTA DE ECONOMIA CRITICA (REC) may publish this biographical note along with the rest of the article.
9. The text of the articles must be sent anonymized: all citations, acknowledgments, references and other information that could directly or indirectly allow the identification of the author must be deleted (and substituted with the label “anonymized”). In the list of references, anonymized articles should not include any additional information such as the title or name of the journal, only the word “anonymized” so that searching the last names of all authors with the search tool does not yield any results. The properties of the file must be blank.
10. Articles must use a non-sexist language.
11. Tables should go in the corresponding place in the body of the text, not as an image, and it is not necessary to add them as an attachment separate from the article. Text in Arial between 8 and 11 (depending on the content), one-single spaced and justified. Number and Title of the table in the first row in bold letters. Source in the last row with the text in italics. Titles of rows and columns in bold letters.
Table 1. Title
Name of the row
Source: Text of source, Author (year) or Own elaborations based on author (year).
Notes in tables can be at the bottom using (*) or (a, b,…).
12. Figures (illustrations, images, maps) should go in the corresponding place in the body of the text, justified to margins. Number and Title of the figure in the first row in bold letters. Source in the last row with the text in italics.
Figure 1. Title
Source: Text of source, Author (year) or Own elaborations based on author (year).
13. In-text citations should respect the following rules:
- Literal citations should be in inverted commas and followed by the corresponding citation within brackets; this citation must include necessarily the pages quoted. When literal cites exceed from two lines, they will be separated from the main text, without inverted commas, with bigger indentation and smaller font size.
- Opening and closing quotation marks should be identical in form.
- Citations should be bracketed, including author’s surname, year of publication, and the page or pages quoted; for example, (Aguilera 2008:36).
- When an author has two different works published the same year, they will be distinguished with small letters after the year; for example, (Boudon, 2004a:73).
- When the authors are two, the citation will include their surnames joint by “and”: (Rodríguez Fuentes y Padrón Marrero 2019).
- When the authors are more than two, it will be enough to cite the first author’s surname followed by “et al.” (Jaumotte et al. 2009), though the complete reference in the bibliographical list may include all the authors’ names.
- If there are two or more references cited in the same parenthesis, they should be1) in alphabetical order, 2) in chronological order and 3) separated by semicolons.
14. The complete list of bibliographical references will be placed at the end of the manuscript, under the heading “Bibliographical references”. The reference list will respect the following rules:
- All the works quoted in the text should be referenced in the list, and the list will only include those works quoted in the text.
- All references with an available DOI (Digital Object Identifier) will include it at the end.
- The order should be alphabetical by the authors’ surname. When several references have the same author, they should be ordered chronologically by year. When several references have the same author and the same year, add a letter (a, b, c…). The references of an author alone should be listed in the first place, then the works compilated or edited by that author, and, finally, co-authored works.
- The format of the references should respect the following norms:
- Surname, name (year of the original version). Title…
- When the authors are two, the citation will include their surnames and names and joint by “and”.
- Journal’s articles: author’s surname in capital letters, author’s name, year of publication between brackets, title of the article in inverted commas, journal’s name in italics, volume, issue or number between brackets, and pages (initial and final); for example:
Schimdt, Vivien (2008): "La democracia en Europa", Papeles Nº 100, pp. 87-108.
- Books: author’s surname in capital letters, author’s name, year of publication between brackets, title in italics, city of publication, and publisher; for example:
Aguilera, Federico (2008): La nueva economía del agua, Madrid: CIP-Ecosocial y Los libros de la catarata.
- Book chapters: author’s surname in capital letters, author’s name, year of publication between brackets, title of the chapter in inverted commas, “In:”, name of the author of the book, title of the book in italics, city of publication, and publisher; for example:
Chiappero-Martinetti, Enrica (2003): "Unpaid work and household well-being" en Antonella Picchio (ed.) Unpaid Work and the Economy, Londres: Routledge, pp. 122-56.
- Translated book: when the year of the original edition is different from that of the quoted one, the in-text citation will reference the original edition year, and the year of the quoted edition will be included at the end of the complete reference. For example:
Sraffa, Piero (1960): Producción de mercancías por medio de mercancías. Preludio a una crítica de la teoría económica, Barcelona: Oikos-tau, 1966.
- Article in e-journal:
Krugman, P. (2008): “Trade and wages, reconsidered”. Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, 39, 103–154. Available at: http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/brookings_papers_on_economic_activity/toc/eca.2008.1.html Accessed April 9, 2019.
- Document available in internet with known author:
Jaumotte, F.; Lall, S. y Papageorgiou, C. (2009): "Rising income inequality: technology, or trade and financial globalization", working paper nº, institution, city. Available in: http://www.chrispapageorgiou.com. Accessed April 9, 2019.
Papers presented in conferences will be cited in the same way, ending with conference’s dates.
- Document available in internet with unknown author:
Reputation Institute (2016): “Reputation measurement”. Available at: https://www.reputationinstitute.com/reputationmeasurement-services. Accessed April 9, 2019.
15. Debates will consist of brief texts that discuss a recent economic issue or event which is of special interest for political economics. It will have an approximate length of 2,500 words. They will be sent in the same way than articles and will be evaluated by the Editorial Team.
16. Classic or Forgotten Authors will publish the old article of a relevant economist with a discussion of the article. They will be sent in the same way than articles and will be evaluated by the Editorial Team.
17. Book reviews will be sent in the same way than articles. It will have an approximate length of 1,000-2000 words. They will be evaluated by the Editorial team.
SELECTION PROCESS AND PUBLICATION RULES
1. REVISTA DE ECONOMIA CRITICA (REC) publishes academic works which present rigorous empirical or theoretical research on Political Economy from critical, radical and/or heterodox perspectives. It includes, without limitation, manuscripts from political economists and other critical social scientists on marxist, post-keynesian, institutional, ecological or feminist economics, radical political economy, political ecology, critical development studies, international political economy and so on. Multidisciplinary and international approaches on those topics are specifically welcome.
2. Formatting, spelling or grammar mistakes, as well as non compliance with the journal’s rules and guidelines, may result in the rejection of a manuscript before starting an evaluation process.
3. Manuscripts will be peer-reviewed in a double-blind way. All the works sent to REVISTA DE ECONOMIA CRITICA (REC) will be refereed according to standards of strict scientific quality.
4. On receipt of a manuscript which complies with all the journal’s formal requirements and rules, a receipt acknowledgement message will be sent to the author/s and the evaluation process will start.
5. In a first stage, the Editorial Team will revise the general quality and thematic adequacy of the manuscript; manuscripts whose quality is notoriously low or which do not make any contribution to the journal’s scientific fields may be directly rejected without external refereeing. For this first review, the Editorial Team may require assessment by the members of the Editorial Board or the Advisory Board. Proposals for the debate section can be accepted after passing this preliminary filter and will not necessarily be sent for further review.
6. Manuscripts which pass the first review will be sent to two external referees, who will be experts in the pertinent field or research area. In case of discrepancy between the referees, or if considered necessary by any other reason, the Editorial Team may send the manuscript to a third referee.
7. In the light of the referees’ reports, the Editorial Team may adopt one of the following decisions about the manuscript, which will be communicated to its author/s:
- Publication (as it is or with very minor changes).
- Publication after revision. In this case, publication will depend on the introduction by the author/s of all the changes and revisions required by the Editorial Team. The revised version should be sent to the journal in one month, and the author/s will attach a brief cover letter explaining how the changes satisfy the requirements of the Editorial Team. The journal may propose, as one of these changes, the conversion of a manuscript submitted as an article into a research note or a literature review, or viceversa.
- Revise and resubmit. In this case, the manuscript is rejected in its present form but offering the author/s the possibility of rewrite and resubmit a new version. Resubmission of a new version will not entail any publication guarantee, since the selection and refereeing process will start again from the beginning.
8. When a manuscript is accepted for publication, the proofs should be read (and, if necessary, corrected) by the author/s within two weeks since their reception.
9. REVISTA DE ECONOMIA CRITICA (REC) will publish each year the list of all referees, as well as the aggregated data about accepted, revised and rejected manuscripts, and the average time between receipt of a manuscript and communication of the final decision to its author/s.
10. REVISTA DE ECONOMIA CRITICA (REC) may publicize, once they are verified, the following bad scientific practices: plagiarism, data falsification or fabrication, misappropriation of authorship, and double publication.
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, DOI or URLs for the references have been provided.
- The text is double-spaced; uses a 11-point Arial font; 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.
- If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Peer Review have been followed.