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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 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.

Author Guidelines

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

  • Research Articles (Original studies with careful methodology contributions to the body of knowledge)
  • Review Articles (Comprehensive summary of research on a certain topic, and a perspective on the state of the field and where it is heading)
  • Short Communications (Short articles which focus on some of the key challenges, issues or developments in agricultural economics research)
  • 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.

Ethics in publishing

Link a https://oajournals.fupress.net/index.php/rea/ethics


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.

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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