Author Instructions

The review process of the QJPS is designed to provide authors with timely decisions. Submissions are initially reviewed in-house to filter out manuscripts that are inappropriate for various reasons such as excessive length, falling outside the scope of the journal, or generally lacking the requisite quality to warrant demands on referees' time. The remaining manuscripts are peer-reviewed under the supervision of the editor for the relevant subfield. The review process is single-blind with referees remaining anonymous. Referee reports are considered advisory but not definitive in the editors' decisions. Revise and resubmits are used sparingly.

Initial Submissions

The QJPS accepts only electronic submissions. Manuscripts should be non-anonymous, double-spaced, and printed on standard paper with 12-point font.

Download the guidelines for writing your paper here.

Submit a Manuscript

Submissions must be emailed only to the QJPS Administrator The Administrator will log your manuscript before forwarding it to the editors in chief.

To expedite processing, your subject line should be: QJPS submission.

In the body of your message, please include all of the following information:

  • Title of manuscript
  • Full name of each author
  • Contact information for each author
    • Postal address including institutional affiliation
    • Email address
    • Phone number
  • Abstract
  • Note to editors (optional)

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The Author(s) declares that the manuscript has not been previously published, that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, and that its publication is approved by all co-authors, if any, and any other authorities at the corporation/institute/university where the work was done. Further, if accepted, the work will not be published elsewhere in similar form.

If you follow the instructions above, you will receive a confirmation of receipt of your manuscript. If the initial in-house review of the manuscript’ suitability for the QJPS is favorable, the author(s) will be notified.

Authors of empirical papers may be asked to supply a replication data set for editors or referees. Upon acceptance of a manuscript, authors will be required to submit a replication dataset/archive prior to publication. The dataset, documentation, command files, etc. will be reviewed in-house and made available at this site coincident with publication. Online appendices, if any, will be handled similarly.

Authors of theory papers may provide an appendix with supplementary proofs for editors or referees. The online appendix and supplemental files are not copyedited and are posted directly on the website as supplementary informationm to the article. Authors are required to send the final version of their supplemental files when submitting the final manuscript.

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