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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 adheres to requirements outlined in the FUP Editorial Policies.
    Our policies will be useful for authors in preparation of their manuscripts. Carefully read our publication ethics, agreement and licenses here.
  • 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 text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Accessible and inclusive publishing: The manuscript adheres to requirements outlined in the "The Creating Accessible Content Guide"
    This guide will be useful for authors in preparation of their manuscripts and for editors in formatting materials for publication and adding content to journal websites. Carefully read the Guide here.

Author Guidelines

REA considers different types of articles. The classification of each article will be done by the Editorial Board using the following categories:

  • Keynote Article (Significant and impactful manuscript that summarises significant themes, ideas, or discussions central to the broader scientific debate in the field of agricultural economics and policy)
  • Research Articles (Detailed, formal, and structured manuscript that presents the findings, methodologies, analysis, and conclusions of original research conducted within a specific field, aiming to contribute new knowledge, insights, or advancements to the existing body of literature. Normal length 6,000-8,000 words.)
  • Review Articles (Comprehensive summary or discussion of an area of scientific research alongside a new perspective or conclusion and providing analysis or interpretation of a body of primary research on a specific topic. Normal length 6,000-8,000 words.)
  • Short Communications (Concise report centred on a specific aspect of a problem, addressing key challenges, issues, or advancements in agricultural economics research without delving into detailed methodology. It may introduce fresh interpretations or observations with broad potential interest, intended to stimulate further research in the field. Normal length 4,000-5,000 words.)
  • Book Reviews

Length of contributions

REA publishes Research Articles and Reviews Articles (normally 6,000-8,000 words), Short Communications (less than 4,000-5,000 words) and Book Review (less than 2,000 words). Please note: the word count for all article types includes abstract, tables, figures, appendices, footnotes, funding, acknowledgements, and references. Longer articles may be occasionally accepted but they must be motivated at the submission in the cover letter to the Editor.


All new submissions will be assessed against their originality before being sent out for review. All papers should be fully original. This means that there should be no overlap in the text already published in other outlets, even if from the same authors. Authors should note that manuscripts deemed to contain plagiarism will be desk rejected, with the editors of REA reserving the right to notify the supervisors of authors whose work is plagiarized.

Text Setting

Before it is assigned to a section editor, each new manuscript is screened by REA’s editorial staff to assure that it complies with the following technical requirements, submissions that do not adhere to these requirements may be returned to authors:

  • submission to this journal proceeds entirely online. The online submission system guides stepwise through the process of entering article details and uploading files;
  • the submission includes all the following expected files: Cover Letter (not mandatory), Title Page File (mandatory), Manuscript File (anonym);
  • the Title Page File must adhere to this format and contains all the following elements in this order: Title, Authors, Affiliations, Abstract, Keywords, JEL codes, Highlights, Corresponding Author, Acknowledgement; (Title Page TEMPLATE File)
  • Manuscript File must adhere to this format and contains all the following elements in this order: Title, Abstract, Keywords, JEL codes, Highlights, Main text, References, Appendix (if needed); (Manuscript TEMPLATE File)
  • the Abstract (only in English) must be no longer than 200 words;
  • the Highlights help increase the discoverability of your article via search engines. They must be described by bullet points (2 to max 4; max 70 words for all highlights) and should capture the novel results as well as new methods of your research;
  • all headings and subheadings are numbered throughout in the journal’s style as in the format; partitions into paragraphs must not exceed three levels of hierarchy;
  • rows must be numbered;
  • notes at the bottom of the page, within the text, must be progressively numbered. First lines and/or bulleted or numbered lists must not be used;
  • the paper must be formatted in 12 point Times New Roman justified, with multiple line spacing 1,2;
  • Figures, Tables and Graphics captions must be formatted in 11 point Times New Roman;
  • all references mentioned in the Reference List are cited in the text, and vice versa;
  • references are provided in the journal’s style as in the format, including the DOI code.

Articles can be drawn up both in English and in Italian. In the case the author, whether he is Italian or in any case not English mother-tongue, submits a paper in English, he/she will have to take on the responsibility of checking the quality and nomenclature of his own work, before submitting the article to the definitive draft for the publication.

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Author contributions

Endorsing the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) (, REA requires corresponding authors to provide co-author contributions to the manuscript using the relevant CRediT roles. Adoption of the CRediT taxonomy ( is one way to acknowledge individual author contributions which allows all co-authors to gain recognition and reward for their work. The CRediT taxonomy includes 14 different roles (see specifications in table below) describing each contributor’s specific contribution to the scholarly output. Note that not all roles may apply to every manuscript, and authors may have contributed through multiple roles. For review articles where discrete statements are less applicable a statement should be included who had the idea for the article, who performed the literature search and data analysis, and who drafted and/or critically revised the work.

CRediT statements should be provided during the submission process and will appear above the acknowledgment section of the published paper as shown further below.




Ideas, formulation or evolution of overarching research goals and aims


Development or design of methodology; creation of models


Programming, software development; designing computer programs; implementation of the computer code and supporting algorithms; testing of existing code components


Verification, whether as a part of the activity or separate, of the overall replication/ reproducibility of results/experiments and other research outputs

Formal analysis

Application of statistical, mathematical, computational, or other formal techniques to analyse or synthesize study data


Conducting a research and investigation process, specifically performing the experiments, or data/evidence collection


Provision of study materials, reagents, materials, patients, laboratory samples, animals, instrumentation, computing resources, or other analysis tools

Data Curation

Management activities to annotate (produce metadata), scrub data and maintain research data (including software code, where it is necessary for interpreting the data itself) for initial use and later reuse

Writing - Original Draft

Preparation, creation and/or presentation of the published work, specifically writing the initial draft (including substantive translation)

Writing - Review & Editing

Preparation, creation and/or presentation of the published work by those from the original research group, specifically critical review, commentary or revision – including pre-or post-publication stages


Preparation, creation and/or presentation of the published work, specifically visualization/ data presentation


Oversight and leadership responsibility for the research activity planning and execution, including mentorship external to the core team

Project administration

Management and coordination responsibility for the research activity planning and execution

Funding acquisition

Acquisition of the financial support for the project leading to this publication

Source: Allen, L., Scott, J., Brand, A. et al. (2014) Publishing: Credit where credit is due. Nature 508, 312–313;

Samples format for CRediT author statement

  • S.: Conceptualization, Methodology, Software. P.S.: Data curation, Writing- Original draft preparation. W.W.: Visualization, Investigation. J.J.: Supervision. A.K.: Software, Validation: S.Q.: Writing- Reviewing and Editing.
  • Conceptualization, S.C.P. and S.Y.W.; Methodology, A.B., S.C.P. and S.Y.W.; Investigation, M.E., A.N.V., N.A.V., S.C.P. and S.Y.W.; Writing - Original Draft, S.C.P. and S.Y.W.; Writing –Review & Editing, S.C.P. and S.Y.W.; Funding Acquisition, S.C.P. and S.Y.W.; Resources, M.E.V and C.K.B.; Supervision, A.B., N.L.W., and A.A.D

Bibliographic References

The bibliographic references at the end of the text have to be listed without numbering, in alphabetical order by following the author’s surname and, for each author, following the chronological order of work’s publication.

In the case of similar surnames, they will be listed following the initial of his/her first name; if there’re surnames and initials of first names which are alike, first names have to be fully written. The year has to be written in brackets after the surname and the initial of the author’s name, followed by a dot, as follows: Freud S. (1910). If the author has two first names (middle initial), as it is habits in the Anglo-Saxon countries, the two initials have to be written with no space between them (for instance: Bianchi G.A., Rossi P.F., Kernberg P.F., etc.). In the case of works written by many authors, all surnames have to be quoted. In the case of a work edited by an author, it should be quoted the researcher’s name followed by the diction (edited by) both for Italian and foreign editions. In this latest case, researchers will be referred to as eds.

Authors have to specify the DOI code of all articles quoted in the bibliographic references. The DOI code is assigned to each article by the publishing house. The most trusted way to identify the DOI code is to check it out on the website of the publishing house and search for the article.

Quotes in the text can list up to two authors; from the third author on it can be mentioned the first author followed by et al.

Some examples of bibliographic references can be found in the Manuscript TEMPLATE File.

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