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Global Economy Journal

The Official Publication of the International Trade and Finance Association

Ed. by Sawyer, W. Charles

SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) 2014: 0.303
Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) 2014: 0.433
Impact per Publication (IPP) 2014: 0.333

Aims and Scope

The Global Economy Journal (GEJ) seeks to publish original and innovative research, as well as novel analysis, relating to the global economy. While its main emphasis is economic, GEJ is a multi-disciplinary journal. Its content mirrors the diverse interests and approaches of scholars involved with the international dimensions of business, economics, finance, history, law, marketing, management, political science, and related areas. GEJ also welcomes scholarly contributions from officials with government agencies, international agencies, and non-governmental organizations.

One over-arching theme that unites IT&FA members and gives focus to this journal is the complex globalization process, involving flows of goods and services, money, people, and information. As a result, the Global Economy Journal invites submissions that address important aspects of globalization. GEJ aspires to be timely and policy-oriented. It publishes the occasional theoretical piece that is especially timely, as with Gallegati et al. (2008), "The Asymmetric Effect of Diffusion Processes: Risk Sharing and Contagion," explaining the diffusion process of economic crises just as the 2008 world crisis was nearing its peak. More typically GEJ publishes policy pieces such as Carbaugh and Hedrick (2009), "Will the Dollar Be Dethroned as the Main Reserve Currency?". GEJ does not shy away from the controversial, as long as the article is more than simply controversial, as in Rehman and Askari (2010), "How Islamic are Islamic Countries?".

GEJ also invites submissions on global economy issues that reach across traditional academic boundaries, and are interdisciplinary, or multi-disciplinary, in character. While the journal will consider narrower studies, authors of submissions should strive to present their conclusions to a broader audience without sacrificing rigor or scientific validity.

GEJ also publishes a special section entitled “What's New in Our World? Field Reports, Commentary, Provocation.” It is designed to present informed views on timely topics for a general audience. Contributions to the section will focus on a timely issue, innovation, or development in the global economy. They should be written for an audience of non-specialists, and be relatively brief, that is, between 10 and 15 pages. The editor also invites informed views on global issues, either those currently making the headlines, or those that in the view of the writer merit greater attention. Reports from the field about major developments or changes in the global economy are also welcome.

Within this global context, appropriate topics of particular relevance to the Global Economy Journal include, but are not limited to:

Commercial Policy
Comparative Studies
Cross-Cultural Issues
Diversity Issues
Economic Development
Economic Integration
Exchange Rates
Finance and Investments
Fiscal and Monetary Policy
Human Resource Management
Industry-Specific Issues
Intellectual Property
Labor Issues
Law and Governance
Managerial Decision Making
Multilateral Institutions
Multinational Corporations
National and Regional Studies
Outsourcing and Offshoring
Pedagogical Issues
Regulatory Issues
Technology Transfer
Trade in Goods and Services

The Global Economy Journal is the official publication of the International Trade and Finance Association, and is published in cooperation with Ohio University, Athens, Ohio.

The Global Economy Journal is the electronic successor to the Global Economy Quarterly, a print journal published from 1999 to 2002 by R. T. Edwards.

The intended audience for GEJ includes academic researchers, public policymakers, and corporate decision makers or specialists with global perspectives, or responsibilities.

For more information on the Aims and Scope of the Journal: The Global Economy Journal as the Editor Sees It—Or Hints for Contributors.

Type of Publication:

The official peer-reviewed journal of the International Trade and Finance Association (IT&FA), Global Economy Journal (GEJ) is a well-established venue for peer-reviewed research on globalization and the institutions, laws, and agreements that structure the global economy, such as the WTO, the IMF, and the World Bank. Unlike most global economics journals, Global Economy Journal covers not only global business and economics, but also publishes important research that falls outside the scope of traditional economics-only titles, such as international law, IT and intellectual property, global marketing, immigration, and the social impact of globalization. GEJ aspires to be timely and policy-oriented.

Publication History

Four issues/year
Content available since 2000 (Volume 1, Issue 1)
ISSN: 1524-5861

Instructions for Authors


This document provides authors with details on policy, copyediting, formatting, and layout requirements pertaining to final manuscript submission to this journal. All manuscripts must have correct formatting to be considered for publication. 

The manuscript submission and review process is handled through ScholarOne Manuscripts. All manuscripts should be submitted to


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.

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


The ScholarOne system has been designed to improve the scholarly publication process for authors. Among the many improvements we offer over traditional journals, the most significant is that we have dramatically shortened the period between the initial submission and the final publication of a peer-reviewed article. Much of this time savings is due to the innovative use of electronic publication. These innovations, however, require certain changes in the way authors need to prepare accepted manuscripts for electronic publication.

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. 

• Alexandra Griswold
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Areas of expertise: LaTeX, Linguistics, economics, mathematics 

• Manuscripts should be submitted as Word, docx, rtf, or LaTex files
• If your manuscript contains special characters, equations, etc. please make sure to also supply a PDF version as a reference file. This will be used to ensure any formatting issues introduced during the submission process can be corrected accurately.
• Write your article in English
• Use the following document structure:
1. Introduction (titling this section is optional)
2. Subsequent sections which include tables, references to figures and figure captions.
3. Appendices (if any).
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5. References - Include a proper bibliography following the guidelines in the References section below.
6.  Please supply figures in separate files, not embedded in the text. Please see the “Tables, Figures, and Graphs” section below for more detailed instructions regarding figure submission.


• Book reviews must start with the citation of the book at the top of the first page.


For authors working with LaTeX files, please see the related files and documentation at, including a template for author use and instructions for working with the files.


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• Set the font color to black for the majority of the text. De Gruyter encourages authors to take advantage of the ability to use color in the production of figures, maps, images, and graphs. However, you need to appreciate that this will cause some of your readers problems when they print the document on a black and white printer. For this reason, you are advised to avoid the use of colors in situations where their translation to black and white would render the material illegible or incomprehensible.


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• Footnotes must appear at the bottom of the page on which they are referenced rather than at the end of the paper.
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General requirements: All illustrations must be of reproduction-ready quality and in EPS, TIF, or JPG format. They will be reduced in size to fit, whenever possible, the width of a single column. Lettering of all figures within the article should be uniform in style (preferably a sans serif typeface like Helvetica) and of sufficient size (ca. 8 pt.).Uppercase letters A, B, C, etc. should be used to identify parts of multi-part figures. Cite all figures in the text in numerical order. Indicate the approximate placement of each figure. Do not embed figures within the text body of the manuscript; submit figures in separate files. Only figures (graphs, line drawings, photographs, etc) should be labeled as ‘figures’, not tables or equations.                        
Halftone figures (grayscale and color) should have a minimum resolution of 300 dpi and be of good contrast. Authors are welcome to submit color illustrations. We are pleased to offer both Print and Online publication of color figures free of charge.the services of a professional language editor.
Line drawings must be of reproduction-ready quality. Please note that faint shading may be lost upon reproduction. When drawing bar graphs, use patterning instead of grey scales. Lettering of all figures should be uniform in style. A resolution of 1200 dpi is recommended.
Figure legends: Provide a short descriptive title and a legend to make each figure self-explanatory on separate pages. Explain all symbols used in the figures. Remember to use the same abbreviations as in the text body.
Permissions: It is the authors’ responsibility to obtain permission to reproduce original or modified material that has been previously published.  Any permissions fees are the responsibility of the author(s).
Offprints: The electronic files of typeset articles in Adobe Acrobat PDF format are provided free of charge; corresponding authors receive notification that their article has been published online. Paper offprints can be ordered in addition; an offprint order form will accompany the page proofs and should be completed and returned with the corrected proofs immediately.
• Please do not embed figures in the text. Instead, they should be referenced in the text and submitted in separate files.
• Number tables consecutively using Arabic numerals. Tables should appear in the document near where they are referenced in the text. Provide a short descriptive title, column headings, and (if necessary) footnotes to make each table self-explanatory. Refer to tables in the text as Table 1, 2, etc. Use Table 1, etc. in the table legends.
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Editor-in-ChiefW. Charles Sawyer, Texas Christian University

Board of EditorsDon Clark, University of Tennessee
Jorge Gonzalez, Trinity University, San Antonio
Jannett Highfill, Bradley University Irene Finel-Honigman, Columbia University
Andre Fourcans, ESSEC Business School, Paris, France
Terutomo Ozawa, Colorado State University
Joseph Pelzman, George Washington University
Kathleen Rees, Texas A&M University, Kingsville
William Weber, Eastern Illinois University

Editorial Advisory BoardAna Paula, Africano-Silva Universidade do Porto, Portugal
E. Ray Canterbery, Florida State University
Maria Cristina, Corado Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
John H. Dunning, University of Reading, United Kingdom
Carl Dyer, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
David K. Eiteman, University of California, Los Angeles
H. Peter Gray, Rutgers University
Jan Hathcote, University of Georgia
Robert Hoover, Idaho State University
Mordechai Kreinin, Michigan State University
Robert E. Lipsey, National Bureau of Economic Research
Joshua J. Lewer, Bradley University
James Lutz, Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne
Raul Moncarz, Florida International University
Edgar Ortiz, Universidad Nacional Autonomia de Mexico, Mexico
Michael Pustay, Texas A&M University
Scheherazade Rehman, George Washington University
Dominick Salvatore, Fordham University
John Schermerhorn, Ohio University
Robert Shelburne, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
Wendy E. Takacs, UMBC and Johns Hopkins
Radu Vranceanu, ESSEC Business School, France
Zofia Wysokinska, University of Lodz
M. Raquibuz Zaman, Ithaca College
Alena Zemplinerova, Charles University, Czech Republic

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