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The B.E. Journal of Theoretical Economics

Editor-in-Chief: Schipper, Burkhard

Ed. by Fong, Yuk-fai / Peeters, Ronald / Puzzello , Daniela / Rivas, Javier

IMPACT FACTOR increased in 2014: 0.300

SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) 2014: 0.581
Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) 2014: 0.516
Impact per Publication (IPP) 2014: 0.387

Mathematical Citation Quotient (MCQ) 2014: 0.08

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Aims and Scope

The B.E. Journal of Theoretical Economics (BEJTE) welcomes submissions in all areas of economic theory, both applied and pure theory, as well as submissions on economic experiments that feature substantial theory components. The journal especially welcomes novel approaches and interdisciplinary work on economic theory. The editors of the BEJTE understand that novel and interdisciplinary approaches may be difficult to evaluate, that their relationship to standard approaches may not be entirely clear yet, and that not all potential applications of such novel and interdisciplinary have been fully developed yet.

Pure theory papers to be published in the BEJTE include, but are by no means limited to, those in behavioral economics, decision theory, game theory, general equilibrium theory, information economics, mechanism design, matching theory, networks, and entirely new fields yet to be created. Applications could encompass, but are not restricted to, contract theory, financial economics, industrial organization, internet economics, labor economics, law and economics, personnel economics, public finance, and novel applications yet to be developed.

BEJTE sets itself apart from other journals by the following features:

Outside-the-box: Submissions on rigorous novel and interdisciplinary approaches to economic theory are especially welcomed and will be handled with an open mind by editors.

Author autonomy: Invitations to revise and resubmit present choices and ideas, not mandates (limited exceptions). You are the author of your paper, not the reviewers or the editor.

Decisiveness: We don’t believe in endless revisions that marginally improve the paper. Authors are expected to resubmit publishable revisions or face rejection.

BEJTE recently switched from the previous four-tier system (Frontiers, Advances, Contributions, and Topics) to a two-tier system. Besides "Research Articles" we publish now also "Notes", which typically are more concise manuscripts.

BEJTE is widely indexed in EconLit, JEL, MathSciNet, RePEc, and Scopus. The full text is crawled and indexed by search engines like Google.

Questions about submissions and journal content may be directed to the Editor-in-Chief.

Type of Publication:

Published since 2000, The B.E. Journal of Theoretical Economics (BEJTE) is now a leading venue for top-notch economic theory, both pure and applied. The journal is edited by internationally renowned professors from Berkeley, CalTech, Georgetown, Northwestern, UCLA, the University of Bonn, and the University of Zurich. Topics include contract theory, decision theory, game theory, general equilibrium theory, and mechanism design both pure and applied to such areas as industrial organization, public finance, labor and law and economics. Submissions are guaranteed to receive a decision within 10 weeks, and articles are published in three quality-rated tiers distinguished by breadth of appeal and overall quality.

Publication History

One issue/year, updated continuously
Content available since 2001 (Volume 1, Issue 1)
ISSN: 1935-1704

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Instructions for Authors


Unpublished material: Submission of a manuscript implies that the work described is not copyrighted, published or submitted elsewhere, except in abstract form. The corresponding author should ensure that all authors approve the manuscript before its submission.

Minimum formatting requirements upon submission: Manuscripts should be in English and submitted as PDF, Word, docx, rtf, or LaTex files. Use a standard font with font size 12pt. Line spacing should be at least 1.5; all margins should be at least 1 inch or 2.5 cm wide. The first page of the manuscript should contain the title, the names of authors, and an abstract. Figures if any should be included with the text. Acceptance of a manuscript for publication is conditional on conforming to the journal’s formatting guidelines outlined below.

Copyright: Manuscripts are accepted on condition of transfer of copyright (for U.S. government employees: to the extent transferable) to The B.E. Journal of Theoretical Economics.  Once the manuscript is accepted, it may not be published elsewhere without the consent of the copyright holders.

Ethical conduct of research: The authors must describe and confirm safeguards to meet ethical standards.
Conflict of interest: When authors submit a manuscript, they are responsible for recognizing and disclosing financial and/or other conflicts of interest that might bias their work and/or could inappropriately influence his/her judgment. If no specified acknowledgement is given, the Publishers assume that no conflict of interest exists.

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De Gruyter does provide a light copyedit of manuscripts for this journal, but authors remain responsible for being their own copyeditors.

All manuscripts must be written in clear and concise English.  If you have reasons to doubt your proficiency with respect to spelling, grammar, etc. (e.g., because English is not your native language), then you may wish to employ—at your expense—the services of a professional language editor.
Please get in touch with the Language Editors directly to discuss details.
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Yuk-fai Fong, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Business School
Ronald Peeters, Maastricht University
Daniela Puzzello, Indiana University
Javier Rivas, University of Bath
Burkhard C. Schipper, University of California–Davis
Jan Wenzelsburger, Technische Universitat, Kaiserslautern

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