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JEEA Disclosure Policy

Journal of the European Economic Association Disclosure Policy 

(Introduced on January 1 2014)

Submissions to the JEEA should conform to the following disclosure principles -

(1) Every submitted article should state the sources of financial support for the particular research it describes.

(2) Each author of a submitted article should identify each interested party from whom he or she has received significant financial support, summing to at least Euro 10,000 in the past three years, in the form of consultant fees, retainers, grants and the like. The disclosure requirement also includes in kind support, such as providing access to data. If the support in question comes with a non disclosure obligation, that fact should be stated, along with as much information as the obligation permits. If there are no such sources of funds, that fact should be stated explicitly. An “interested” party is any individual, group, or organization that has a financial, ideological, or political stake related to the article.

(3) Each author should disclose any paid or unpaid positions as officer, director, or board member of relevant non profit organizations or profit making entities. A “relevant” organization is one whose policy positions, goals, or financial interests relate to the article.

(4) The disclosures required above apply to any close relative or partner of any author.

(5) Each author must disclose if another party had the right to review the paper prior to its circulation.

(6) For published articles, information on relevant potential conflicts of interest will be made available to the public.

When submitting a paper, the authors should prepare a separate page entitled “Disclosure Statement” that will be uploaded on step 4 of the online submission form. If the paper involves several coauthors, the disclosure statement should specify separately the position of each coauthor.

If after reading the policy above, the authors can attest that they have nothing to disclosure, authors can click on a nothing to disclose button on step 4 of the submission process and will not be expected to upload any statement.

The disclosure statement will be available to referees. For papers accepted for publication, disclosure will take two forms: If the disclosure statement is brief, it will be included in the “acknowledgments” footnote. If the disclosure statement is longer, then disclosure will have two parts: (i) a brief statement summary of interest that will be included in the “acknowledgments” footnote; (ii) a more detailed description of the activities and relationships that are the source of a potential conflict of interest. This more detailed account will be available to the public, but only electronically, on the journal’s website. The “acknowledgments” footnote will include a pointer/link to the detailed electronic version of the disclosure statement which will be archived on the publisher’s website.

Failure to disclose relevant information at the submission stage may result in reversal of acceptance decisions. If the paper is already published, the Journal reserves the right to post a note on the Journal’s website and in its printed version notifying readers that the authors of the paper violated the JEEA disclosure policy. Violations of the disclosure policy will be brought to the attention of the Executive Committee of the European Economic Association who will decide on the appropriate course of action.

Disclosure is author-, and paper-specific; a specific relationship may be relevant for one of an author’s papers, but not for another. In cases of uncertainty regarding whether to disclose a particular relationship, a guiding principle should be the answer to the question: “Would I or my institution or a reasonable person be embarrassed if I had not disclosed this relationship and it was subsequently discovered by a journalist, colleague or university administrator?” If the answer to this quest ion is “yes”, the relationship should be disclosed.

JEEA policy is based on the disclosure policy of the American Economic Association which is in turn similar to the NBER policy. For examples to help clarify the policy we encourage authors to visit the AEA website here and the NBER website here.

Last update June 27, 2016
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