What and How to Submit to IREE

Scope of journal

The International Review of Economics Education is dedicated to enhancing learning and teaching in the higher education economics community. It will provide a forum for high quality research in the areas of curriculum design, pedagogy, assessment, teaching and learning innovation. The journal seeks to promote critical dialogue on educational theory and practice in economics and to demonstrate the relevance of research to good professional practice.

Examples of issues that contributors are encouraged to focus on:

  • How do economics students learn?
  • What economics should be taught?
  • What are the constraints in improving economics teaching and learning?
  • How can current practice be improved?
  • How is economics taught internationally and what can we learn from this?
  • How can electronic learning technologies be used to improve student learning in economics?


Papers are invited to submit papers to any one of IREE’s three sections:

Research in Economics Education

Papers submitted to this section will typically be between 4000-6000 words.

Practice in Economics Education

This section comprises shorter articles related to examples of good learning and teaching practice within the economics community.

Book and Literature reviews

Papers submitted to this section will typically be 1000-1500 words in length and will review either a book or literature surrounding a specific topic.

All papers will be subject to the review process documented below.

Data availability policy

  • To ensure that empirical results are replicable, authors should be prepared to provide their data and computer code upon request from the editors.

Submissions to IREE

The Internatational Review of Economics Education is now published by Elsevier. All submissions must be uploaded to the Elsevier website, where you can also find important information for authors.

Documents will be accepted in either of these formats: RTF (Rich Text Format) or MS Word. We require an anonymised paper and a covering letter as separate documents.

Images are preferred in GIF, TIFF or PNG format. JPG images are acceptable for certain images such as photographs but not for screen shots or document scans.

Presentation of manuscript

Authors are strongly encouraged to use the template for IREE submissions that incorporates all of the following style preferences.


  • Main body of text to be in the Main Article Text style (size 10.5 Calibri font, left aligned, or simply choose Main Article Text from the style menu)
  • All pages should be numbered
  • Contributions should not normally be over 6000 words in length and should be written in English using UK spelling and grammar conventions


  • Heading 2 style (size 28 Calibri font)
  • Followed by author name(s)


  • Title in style heading 3 without numbers (size 13 Calibri font)
  • No keywords
  • Abstract should also include one or more JEL codes which identify the topic of the paper. Each code is a letter followed by two numbers, eg A22 for teaching economics at undergraduate level
  • Abstract to be 150 – 200 words

Introduction and rest of paper

  • Section headings are Heading 3. If you select Heading 3 from the style menu, the sections will be automatically numbered. e.g 1. Economics teaching in an international environment
  • Subheadings style Heading 4 (size 13 Calibri italic font) with no numbers e.g Seminars in an international environment

Text notes

  • Notes appear at the foot of the page
  • Follow 1,2,3 order appearing outside of any punctuation.
  • Footnotes should be kept to a minimum

Figures and Tables

  • Tables and figures must be numbered with Arabic numerals and a title must be included in bold (select Figure Caption from the style menu)
  • Add any notes related to the table/figure directly underneath
  • Tables/ figures centre-aligned
  • Column headings should be centre-aligned, row headings left-aligned and data fields should usually be right-aligned.
  • Columns, rows and cells should have no borders. Column heads should have a continuous line above and below. A continuous line should also be at the end of the table
  • Tables must appear on separate pages and not be included as part of the text.
  • Captions to illustrations should be gathered together and included underneath the table. Captions should include keys to symbols.
  • The approximate position of the tables and figures should be indicated in the manuscript.e.g.

Table 1: Example of a properly formatted table


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  • Artwork must be submitted in suitable condition for print.
  • Images are preferred in GIF, TIFF or PNG format. JPG images are acceptable for certain images such as photographs but not for screen shots or document screens.


  • Equations left-aligned
  • Equations do not need to be numbered except if they are referred to in any notes/appendix. Add number to the right hand side in brackets
  • It is preferable that authors use Microsoft Word equation software to reduce any formatting errors.


  • Any appendices must appear on a separate sheet and be labelled appropriately.
  • Please note that appendices will only be included in the online version of the published paper, not the print version.


  • General notes not included in footnotes will be added to the paper after the conclusion
  • Notes should be kept to a minimum
  • Notes to be numbered using Arabic numerals and refer to the section within paper


Biography and Contact Details

  • Authors are required to submit a short biography of themselves (up to 75 words)
  • A biography of all of the paper’s authors is required
  • Contact details of all of the authors are required, including:
    • Name
    • Department
    • University
    • Country
    • Email address

Editorial process

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1) All submissions are logged by the Editorial Assistant.

2) A double blind review process is followed. Author identities are not divulged to the reviewers and reviewers identities are not divulged to authors, at any stage.

3) We aim to select an international panel of referees for each paper.

4) We deal with papers as quickly as possible. However, authors should be aware that public holidays, annual leave and reviewers’ work commitments sometimes lead to a delay.

5) Delays will occur where reviewers are unable to review for us. Where this is the case, we endeavour to identify alternative appropriate reviewers who are willing to act, as quickly as possible.

6) Where there are conflicting reports from reviewers, the Editor makes a decision on how to proceed and, if necessary, will contact a third reviewer.